What is Alcoholism?

I would like to introduce you to the Preface and Introduction of my recent eBook entitled What is Alcoholism? It has a dynamite biblical thesis that could change your life or someone you know who is controlled by alcohol. During my years as program director for one of the largest drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Baltimore, MD, I saw this biblical thesis liberate men hopelessly controlled by alcohol.


As much as it makes me wince, I must admit that my father was a white-collar drunk. I say white-collar because he never rolled in the gutter, drank his booze from a bottle covered with a brown paper bag, or begged in the street for his next drink. In many ways he was a loving and good father, but he was a drunk nevertheless.
In the morning when he appeared for breakfast in his pristine white shirt, beautifully knotted tie, and newly pressed suit, a visitor would never believe his drunken condition the night before; but I knew the grip alcohol had upon him. I chauffeured him during the last year of his life and watched him stop work earlier in the day to spend more time at his favorite bar.
Sadly, I witnessed the anguish my dear mother experienced because she loved him and felt so helpless to do anything. His worsening condition tortured her. During my senior year of high school he died of cirrhosis of the liver. I know the devastation caused by alcohol.
After his death I became more serious about my spiritual life and decided to go to Bible College. After graduating from college, I continued my biblical training at Dallas Theological Seminary and then on to the California Graduate School of Theology for my doctoral work in biblical exposition.
Eight of the forty years of my Christian counseling ministry were spent as the program director of one of the largest drug rehabilitation centers in Baltimore, MD. During my time at the center I witnessed many men freed from the horrors of alcoholism because of the biblical conclusion explained in this eBook.
My personal experiences, educational background, and counseling ministry have uniquely prepared me to speak on this vital subject from a biblical perspective.


Can a drunkard or alcoholic be totally and permanently cured? The answer to this often-asked question lies in the answer to another crucial question: Is drunkenness or alcoholism a disease?
The secular world considers alcoholism a disease although they cannot ultimately prove it. Modern research still seeks the ever-elusive “genetic link” between alcoholism and disease. The Christian world views alcoholism in three basic ways: Many Christians arbitrarily condemn alcohol as an evil and sinful substance that must be avoided at all costs – basically avoiding the question altogether. Others agree that alcoholism is a disease. The last group considers alcoholism or drunkenness an out-of-control habit.
Of these three views the Bible is clear about which view it espouses and proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt. The Bible demonstrates that drunkenness or alcoholism is a sinful habit and not a disease. God’s Word gives not the slightest indication that drunkenness or alcoholism is a disease and never treats it as such. The Lord healed many diseases but it is nowhere recorded that He healed a disease associated with alcohol.
If it is accurate that alcoholism or drunkenness is a sinful habit then certain conclusions about alcoholism inevitably follows: it can be stopped, it can be cured, and it can be totally and permanently rehabilitated. In addition, the answer to what is alcoholism will also determine the mode of rehabilitation required for successful therapy.
Don’t be fooled by the brevity of this study. These few verses can not only change your thinking about the nature of alcoholism but if you believe and apply them they can change your life.
The following passages will be examined in this eBook to verify the conclusion that alcohol is a habit and not a disease.
Galatians 5:19-21
1 Corinthians 5:11-13
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Ephesians 5:18
Titus 2:12
Titus 3:3

The four terms drunkenness, chemical dependency, alcoholic, and drug addiction obviously have an association with one another and a common link to alcohol:
Drunkenness looks at the immediate consequences of drinking.
Chemical dependency emphasizes the means to the end.
Alcoholic identifies the drug of choice.
Drug addiction highlights the habit.
Because these four terms evidence the same type of behavioral traits and refer to the same basic condition, they can be used interchangeably. Therefore, to say that one is chemically dependent is the same as saying one is a drunk, a drug addict, or an alcoholic.

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