Roll Out The Barrel, Let’s Have A Barrel Of Fun.

Roll out the barrel, we’ll have a barrel of fun
Roll out the barrel, we’ve got the blues on the run
Zing boom tararrel, sing out a song of good cheer
Now’s the time to roll the barrel, cause the gang’s all here
Hold It, Stop the music! – Read this The Drinking House Over The Way

The latest version of a GOP tax plan:

Wine and beer

The bill makes extensive modifications to the taxation of alcohol. It lowers a tax on barrels of beer brewed or imported. It also changes how aging periods for beer, wine and spirits are deducted. A tax credit on wine production limited to small domestic producers is extended to all wineries, and sparkling wine producers and importers become eligible for the credit as well. Taxes are also lowered on certain kinds of beverages, like mead. Source: CNN News

Alcohol kills more teenagers than all other drugs combined. It is a factor in the three leading causes of death among 15- to 24-year-olds: accidents, homicides and suicides. Youth who drink are 7.5 times more likely to use other illegal drugs and fifty times more likely to use cocaine than young people who never drink.

Source: Foundation for a Drug Free World

Alcohol poisoning kills six people every day. Of those, 76 percent are adults ages 35-64, and three of every four people killed by alcohol poisoning are men.3
The group with the most alcohol poisoning deaths per million people is American Indians/Alaska Natives (49.1 per 1 million).4
Alcohol-impaired driving accounts for more than 30 percent of all driving fatalities each year.1
More than 15 million people struggle with an alcohol use disorder in the United States, but less than eight percent of those receive treatment.1
More than 65 million Americans report binge drinking in the past month, which is more than 40 percent of the total of current alcohol users.5
Teen alcohol use kills 4,700 people each year. That’s more than all illegal drugs combined.6
Drunk driving costs the United States $199 billion every year.6
Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident.6

Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, June 2017.

Ponder This:

Our leaders in the past were focused on Democracy around the world, now they are intoxicated with the concept of “Prosperity”. They are blind to the perils of Alcohol. They only see revenue, taxes, money.

We are Christians. We are to love our neighbor. We should be on the battlefield to save the lost, and fight this terrible drug. Recently in searching the Internet I came across The Foundation for a Drug Free World. I am not advocating for this organization or any other. But I am saying that our churches, for the most part are not on the battlefield. We have the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have the medicine that can cure a sin sick soul. For to long now we just meet, hear a little preaching, go home and do it all over again.

HABAKKUK:2:15: Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!

Jude:1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

Be Strong!

We are not here to play, to dream, to drift;

We have hard work to do, and loads to lift;

Shun not the struggle-face it; ’tis God’s gift.

Be Strong!

Say not, “The days are evil. Who’s to blame?”

And fold the hands and acquiesce-oh shame!

Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God’s name.

Be Strong!

It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong,

How hard the battle goes, the day how long;

Faint not-fight on! to-morrow comes the song.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock
Source: 101 Poems