YOU CAN QUIT ALCOHOL
is a problem that CAN be overcome. Others have done it and you can do it also.
Carefully read the following information and do exactly what it says. It can
mean the beginning of a new way of life for you.
you must accept the fact that you do have a problem. If you are just toying with
the whole idea and have no real conviction that you MUST quit, then you are not
likely to accomplish much. You must feel strongly that you HAVE to quit, for
your own sake and for the sake of your loved ones, whether they be near or far
off. You realize that you dare not wait longer. There may not be another
opportunity as the one you now have before you. You have to do it now.
you must accept the fact that you can not do it by yourself. Only in the
strength of God can it be done. And you can only receive that strength through
earnest prayer for help. Get on your knees alone—all by yourself—and cry to
God over the whole thing. Tell Him everything you've done wrong and ask Him to
forgive you. And mean it. Tell Him that you are going to dedicate to Him the
rest of your life. And mean it. Tell Him you are willing to sacrifice anything
that such a dedication requires. And mean it. Then ask Him for strength to break
from this terrible habit. Ask Him to help you do it by yourself or provide you
with friends that will help you do it.
accept the fact that you are not going to stay close to God unless you read His
Written Word every day, and every day send up your prayers for forgiveness and
for help. Each day is a new one. And you must start it with God. There are no
short-cuts for they only lead to detours. You must start every day with God and
then walk with Him all day long.
accept the fact that continued prayer for help must be mixed with continued
praise. Thankfulness is powerful. BELIEVE God. Believe that He is there;
believe that He will help. And believe it all day long, and at night too. —And
you will have that help when you need it. Believe that He will forgive you and
accept you again —even when you make mistakes. And believe that He loves you
deeply, more deeply than you have every thought possible. Keep thinking about
that fact. He has tried to help you for years but your stubborn ways have
hindered Him. Let Him give you the help now that He wants to give you. And thank
Him continually for it. Thank Him even when things look black and you seem to
have no one on your side.
you must make some changes in your life. You will have to get more exercise in
the open air, and more rest at night. You will have to put away the things that
tend to separate you from God. If television and radio and the music and
magazines you are used to are pulling you away from God, then throw them out.
You may find that you have to make some new friends and avoid some old ones.
They don't care for your new way of life and want your company in doing things
you are no longer interested in doing. The best solution is to find new friends.
Go to church regularly. That's where you are more likely to find better ones.
you may find it necessary to go on an initial cleansing program. This will help
expel the alcohol from your system more quickly. As with nicotine, the more
quickly alcohol is out of your body, the more quickly the old cravings will
subside. And such a program will also help you over the initial tremors. As you
know, one must stop these dangerous practices all at once; they cannot be put
away simply by gradually cutting down. This is where the following information
may be helpful.
order to carry out this program, you will need some one to help you. The baths
mentioned below will help expel impurities from your body and help overcome the
alcohol habit. Continue them on in the years that follow. An HERBAL TEA should
be prepared from the following powdered herbs: Equal parts of Skullcap,
Catnip, and Blue Vervain with no sweetening. Combine them, and place 2
tablespoons in a quart of water that has been brought to a boil and then turned
off. (Two quarts should last a day and a half, and can be kept refrigerated
until used up.) An eight-ounce glass of tea should be taken every two hours,
except when sleeping at night.
DAY: Glass of water at 7 a.m. 8 oz., tea at 8. This is a relaxant tea and will
help you sleep. The idea here is the more sleep during withdrawal the less
problem with the withdrawal symptoms. And it works. Stay in bed and rest. Sleep
all you can. Every two hours another glass of tea should be brought to you. At 6
p.m. each evening, take a hot and cold shower.
DAY: Same as the first day, but that evening you can have a glass of tomato
juice with a teaspoon of cayenne in it. (The stomach is used to the bite of
alcohol and the red pepper helps take its place just now. Don't use black
DAY: Same as preceding days, but now you can add a meal in the evening of sliced
tomato, or if you prefer, stay with the tomato juice and cayenne.
DAY: The usual pattern, except as follows: In the morning, a small meal of fresh
fruit or soaked dried fruit. At noon a medium-sized salad—but not too much.
DAY: Eat normally. The program is over.
above four-day program was developed by an herbalist, now in her eighties, who
has used it successfully with many people. She has seen it work repeatedly
for both those coming off of alcohol and those trying to quit tobacco.
the initial withdrawal and immediately thereafter, sleep is essential. One
method of obtaining this is by the use of prolonged baths (with the temperature
maintained at around 92° to 94° . Quiet surroundings during this time are
absolutely essential. The diet should not include coffee, spices and condiments—and
they should be permanently stopped. It is now known that these only whet the
appetite for a return to alcohol. Fruit, vegetables and grains are needed along
with water to replace body losses.
the following recently discovered nutritional information may prove of great
value in helping you to eliminate this problem:
a trace mineral, is now known to greatly reduce the withdrawal symptoms called
delirium tremens or the D.T.'s. This was discovered by Dr. Edmund G. Flink,
chairman of the Department of Medicine at the West Virginia University Medical
School in 1967. The severity of withdrawal symptoms is almost identical to the
lack of magnesium in the body.
(B3) is now considered by many researchers to be the most important single
vitamin in overcoming the alcohol habit. Dr. Russell F. Smith of Michigan says,
"B3 far surpasses other therapeutic agents commonly used in the treatment
of alcoholics. " A dose of 12 grams of niacin each day, and onward for
several years thereafter, has been suggested.
VITAMINS are also considered important. Here are several that are used in
megavitamin therapy, in addition to niacin: Vitamin C, Pyridoxine (B6), B1, B12,
and Vitamin E. The entire B Complex works together and increased amounts of all
the B vitamins should also be supplied. It should be mentioned here that
massive B3 therapy depletes the amount of Vitamin C in the body, so more Vitamin
C is needed when on a megavitamin program. (An average dose of 1000 mg. of
Vitamin C daily is frequently used.)
FOODS that are NOT helpful should NOT be used—now or later. Studies have
revealed that poor food (such as hot dogs, spaghetti, meat balls, sweet rolls
and soft drinks) and/or narcotics (such as coffee, tea, cigarettes or hard
drugs), and/or irritating foods (such as spices, condiments, and the sauces,
and gravies rich in them) all increase the craving for alcohol in the individual
who is using it or who is trying to stop using it.
HYPOGLYCEMIC DIET is very helpful in many instances. This is a diet that is high
in fruit and protein, quite low in carbohydrates (such as potatoes, bread and
cereal), and absolutely no coffee or cigarettes. For some reason, people who
regularly drink alcohol become overly sensitive to the things that the alcoholic
beverage was derived from. Dr. Theron G. Randolph summarizes the problem:
"Sensitivity to corn, malt, wheat, rye, grape and potato were encountered
[in alcoholics] in that order of frequency. It is well known that alcoholic
beverages consumed in this country are derived from foods in approximately the
MORE IMPORTANT than all else is a personal surrender to Jesus Christ and a
strict obedience, by faith in Him, to all Ten of the Commandments. God will help
you. Write me and I will send you Bible studies that will help you in your daily
walk with your Lord. Ask for "Stopping the Habit" tracts. There is no
this country 16 percent of all murders and a larger proportion of other serious
crimes of violence are committed by persons under the influence of alcohol.
Alcohol is also an important cause of social disorder and disease, which leads
either directly or indirectly to delinquency, ill health, and death. Counting
all the deaths in which alcohol is a factor gives a rate of 10.2 per hundred
thousand of the population, which stands alcohol as a major cause of death. .
From 2,000,000 to 2,400,000 persons are arrested for drunkenness each year in
this country . . As a preventable measure we need to build up a conscience
(against alcohol) among all groups of the population. Proper education in
school, church, and home to the real effect of alcohol would constitute a potent
preventative measure. Young people. . can be made to look upon it as a dangerous
practice that may lead where expected, to tragic addiction, with serious moral,
social, and physical consequences. .
United States Crime Commission once reported that 50 percent of the prison
inmates in the United States were induced to commit crimes by alcoholism. The
1930 report of the United States Department of Justice asserted that alcohol is
responsible for 80 percent of those antisocial tendencies necessitating the
maintenance of jails and corrective institutions. .
is fourth in the list of reasons why people are sent to hospitals for mental
diseases in this country, and it is rapidly becoming one of the major causes of
death in America. "—"Journal of the American Medical Association.
William McKay, Superior Court, Los Angeles County:
1949, I presided over one of the civil departments of the Superior Court of Los
Angeles. Day after day, an endless stream appeared before me. In 75% of the
cases that were brought before me, liquor had played an important part in the
disturbance that had made necessary an action for divorce."
Stanley N. Barnes, Criminal Court, Los Angeles County:
80% of the cases coming into my court, liquor is involved in the crime. In nine
times out of ten, alcohol is the reason for a person getting into trouble the
Matthew Hill, Justice of Washington State Supreme Court:
played a role in at least 90% of those hardened delinquency cases in which
youths of sixteen or seventeen were turned over to us by the juvenile court. And
in nearly every instance a youngster's drinking had been started because he saw
liquor being used at home and sometimes was allowed to have a cocktail. "
Mathias, two-time Olympic decathlon champion and California sports star:
do not use alcoholic beverages. During my stay in London with the best athletes
of the world, I found that all of them definitely did not believe in alcohol.
This seems to prove that athletics and alcohol do not mix. "
Heini, world-famous figure skater: "Cigarettes and alcohol were things
which had to be avoided, then as now. They tear down immediately all
Andrew C. Ivy, distinguished professor of Physiology and head of the Department
of Clinical Science, University of Illinois, is the authority for the statement
that "alcohol is the cause of alcoholism." He continues, "If
alcohol is not the cause, the term 'alcoholism' should be discarded as a
misnomer." He thus refutes those who would have the public believe that
alcohol is not the cause of alcoholism. Furthermore, if alcohol is not the
cause, why will an abstainer never suffer from acute or chronic alcoholism?
guest who has to be drugged with alcohol to make him interesting is hardly worth
inviting in the first place. "—Dr. Roy L. Smith.
the Prohibition days when there were no liquor taxes to support the Government,
surpluses occurred in Federal finances in 11 of the 13 years. "Since
Repeal, in spite of the fact that we have had liquor taxes, there has been a
deficit in each of the 25 years except three. "—"Pertinent
Paragraphs," Volume VII (13), No. 1, 1958.
is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; and whoever is led astray by it is not
wise. Proverbs 20: 1.
from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22.
Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother's falling, I will
never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall. 1 Corinthians 8: 13.
anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him, for God's temple is holy,
and that temple you are. 1 Corinthians 3:17.
"No Christian home ever starts serving liquor on its
dining table without abandoning some conviction. "—Dr. Roy L. Smith.
that 'cup that cheers' can wash away the sparkle and laughter of Christmas
Cheer. "—Traffic Safety—October 1957.
abolished liquor rationing in October 1955. According to U.S. News & World
Report, a year later drunkenness had increased 125%. Per capita consumption of
liquor went from 5 quarts to 7 quarts per person. Weakened regulations tend to
increase the use of alcohol.
FBI reports: "59% of the arrests across the nation were due to drunkenness
and liquor law violations. "
California State Department of Corrections reports: "It is costing the
State of California $26 million annually to care for its 16,000 prisoners, 80%
of whom committed their offenses under the influence of alcohol. "
California State Assemblyman reports: "600, 000 alcoholics are costing the
State of California $300,000,000.00 a year. But the State received only
$20,893,492 in total taxes on alcoholic beverages for the year ending June 30,
costs the American people $20 for every $1 received from the liquor business.
"—Roger Babson, Economist and Statistician.
Andrew C. Ivy, vice president of University of Illinois, answers the
question—"Is alcohol a food?" He says
food is a substance which nourishes the body in four ways: 1. It supplies energy
or calories when burned or oxidized. 2. It provides materials for building and
upkeep of body tissues. 3. It furnishes means by which body processes are
regulated. 4. It provides material, which may be stored as glycogen, fat or
protein, or normal body structure, and is non-toxic in nutritionally significant
supplies only calories, and it causes intoxication when taken, as ordinary food
is taken, namely, in amounts sufficient to produce enough calories to be
nutritionally significant. So, alcohol is not a food and is not a good nutrient.
alcohol is a food, or a good nutrient we are not treating babies, children and
dogs rightly. Also the authors of our textbooks on nutrition are seriously at
fault because they do not even list alcohol in their tables of contents.”
effects of alcohol are subtractive. Alcohol takes away, but it never adds or
supplements. An exchange says: "Alcohol will remove the stains from
summer clothes; which is correct. It will do even better than that. It will
only from the back of the man who drinks, but from his wife and children as
will also subtract from you:
man's best friends,
happy look from children's faces,
from a prosperous man,
man from respectable society,
man from the highway to heaven, and make a wildcat out of an otherwise
a subtractor of things—alcohol has no equal. "
or not the world would be vastly benefited by a total and final banishment from
it of all intoxicating drinks seems to me not now open to question.
Three-fourths of mankind confirm the affirmative with their tongues, and I
believe the rest acknowledge it in their hearts. "—Abraham Lincoln, 1842,
the last day of Lincoln's life, the great emancipator said: "We have
cleared up a colossal job. Slavery is abolished. After reconstruction the next
great question will be the overthrow and suppression of the legalized liquor
evening Mr. Booth stopped in a saloon, filled himself with liquor to nerve
himself for his planned tragedy. That night Lincoln's bodyguard left the theater
for a drink of liquor at the same saloon. While he was away Booth shot Lincoln.
Those two drinks were the most costly drinks in American history. Liquor is the
greatest enemy of mankind.
Philip Snowdon of England said, "Alcohol does not produce wealth. It
destroys wealth to manufacture pauperism, crime, lunacy, disease, poverty, and
E. Gladstone, the great English commoner, said, while he was Premier of
England, "Give me a sober people who do not waste their substance in drink,
and I will find a ready means of raising the necessary revenue for the
Grier of the U.S. Supreme Court, said in 1847, "If a loss of revenue should
accrue to the United States from a diminished consumption of ardent spirits, she
will be the gainer a thousand fold in the health, wealth and happiness of the
REASON—"The cerebral cortex is the most sensitive portion of the brain
having to do with its highest possible function. It is in this area of the brain
that relative values are compared thus enabling the individual to make
decisions: It is the first portion of the brain affected by alcohol.
"—Drug Addiction Committee, World Health Organization.
is the major cause of insanity and poisoning, for it causes more deaths than
all of our most infectious diseases. "—Dr. Parran, Surgeon General. .
constitutes the country's greatest mental health problem. "—Dr. Karl
Menninger, Menninger Clinic.
CELLS —"Alcohol never, under any condition, increases the vital energy of
the body, but on the contrary, decreases it in a marked and uniform manner
through the poisonous influence upon the living cells. Alcohol increases
liability to infectious diseases, and prevents the development of immunity.
" —Dr. J. H. Kellogg, Head of Battle Creek Sanitarium, Member Michigan
State Board of Health.
FALLACY—"As a brain surgeon I have yet to meet a moderate drinking
colleague who would like to have me operate on his son after I 'have had a few.'
No one does his best after drinking. He may think he does, but his judgment is
defective . . moderation is a terrible fallacy, "—Richard E. Strain,
takes some people longer than others to attain addiction, but no human being can
be regarded as immune. "—Dr. Robert Fleming, Harvard Medical School.
has been my fate to live among drinking people: novelists, poets, playwrights
and stars of stage and screen. I have seen two-score of them go to their doom,
eleven as suicides. I say it is a frightful thing that so much of the talent and
genius of America should have been distorted by alcoholic poisoning. . Most of
them started with vision and courage, but in the end the example they give us is
of sickness of mind and soul. "—Upton Sinclair (Pulitzer Prize Winner) in
The Cup of Fury.
LOST—"It is safe to say that in many people, heavy drinking causes a
gradual dropping out of brain cells. It is also logical to assume that the first
cells to be affected would be those that are first anesthetized by alcohol,
namely, those subserving the higher cerebral levels of will power and judgment.
The brain reserve is gradually and insidiously whittled away until the stage is
reached where any alcohol in the system will immediately paralyze the patient's
will power and judgment.. Brain cells once lost are never replaced. "—Federick
Lemere, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of Washington School of
Medicine, and the Shadel Hospital of Seattle.
DIE—"Every time you take a drink you die a little. Up to now you may have
thought of yourself as a moderate drinker, and therefore safe. But, for one
thing, the idea that you are safe is a flat lie. . . Taking even the kindliest
definition of 'moderation,' you are doing yourself progressive physical harm. .
Although the body has great regenerative powers, the cells of the brain and
nervous system, once destroyed, are lost forever and we know these are the cells
affected, first and most potently, by ethyl alcohol. Habitual drinking will
cause lasting impairment to brain, nervous system and liver. . More and more,
physicians are revising their easy-going attitude toward 'moderate' imbibing.
. Every time we over-imbibe, science believes, a certain amount of brain damage
results. Even one drink affects the uppermost level of the brain, which is the
center of restraint, inhibitions and judgment. ."— 'The Big Lie About
Moderate Drinking, " Pageant Magazine.
use of alcohol, even in moderation, tends to produce dependency on it as a drug,
medically. . Alcohol diminishes the acuteness of sensory perception. It delays
or weakens motor performance and physical coordination. . it is well known that
alcohol, through its dulling effect on the higher brain centers, may set free
underlying emotional drives, with, usually, disastrous consequences. Many
varied crimes, indiscretions, and accidents are directly traceable to the
influence of alcohol." —Robert V. Seliger, M.D., of Johns Hopkins and
Chief Psychiatrist, The Neuropsychiatric Institute of Baltimore. .
A newly recognized type of excessive tippler, called the intermediate alcoholic,
has started to appear on the national scene.
imbibers have moved from the socialdrinking stage and are heading for "chronicity"
in their bouts with the bottle.
A. E. Bennett, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of
California, Berkeley, said there are approximately a million such borderline
addicts in many of whom X-ray evidence of mental deterioration in the form of
brain shrinkage is being observed. .
study clarifies the cause of mysterious brain shrinkage observed in
approximately 500 persons who underwent autopsy after death in California, he
alcoholism is a disease of progressive brain damage, with uncontrolled drinking
the chief symptom, the treatment goal is complete abstinence, he said.
SICK—"You can get along with a wooden leg, but you can't get along with a
wooden head. It is the brain that counts. But in order that your brain may be
kept clear, you must keep your body fit and well. That cannot be done if one
drinks liquor."—Dr. Charles Mayo, Mayo Brother's Clinic.
is no disease in the world for which alcohol is a cure. . It does undeniably
cause thousands of cases of disease. . Its use is ruinous to the kidneys, liver,
heart, and smaller blood vessels, and gives rise to that most common fatality,
high blood pressure."—Dr. Howard A. Kelly, Surgeon, John Hopkins
MIND—"Alcohol is from first to last a narcotic drug. Its chief action is
upon the nervous system. . alcohol successively weakens the hierarchy of the
brain, and therefore of the mind, in the order from above downwards, that is to
say in the inverse order of their development."—The British Medical
Association s Advisory Committee.
BEER—"Certainly 3.2% beer by weight is intoxicating. Beer contains
alcohol in potentially habit-forming amounts; there is no harmless alcoholic
beverage."—A. C Ivy, Ph.D., M.D., D.Sc., LL.D., Head Department, Clinical
Science, University of Illinois.