Nicotine and Alcohol Abuse Decreases Intelligence

One of my (Pastor Mark Shaw) favorite authors is Dr. Charles Hodges, Jr. posted a great blog about recent research that demonstrates how nicotine and alcohol abuse lead to thinking impairment.

It’s really sad to read yet I’m grateful for the truth of science that backs up the Bible in Ephesians 5:18: “And do not be drunk with wine, for that is debauchery…”

Debauchery means “utter ruin.” If you lose your ability to think, you will be utterly ruined.

So once again, we see that science demonstrates the Bible is true. Christ-followers knew the Word was true already without the help of science and with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Here’s the link for you to check out:





Mark Shaw
Mark Shaw has 22 years of counseling experience working in a variety of settings including faith-based residential programs, dealing with issues surrounding “addictions” of all types, and supervising staff positions. His experience in the biblical counseling field began in 2001. He has written 14 published works including The Heart of Addiction; Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies; Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts; Addiction-Proof Parenting; and Hope and Help for Self-Injurers/Cutters. He also co-authored a chapter in Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling (2013).