I enjoy engaging with people to learn what they think about what’s happening in the world today. At check-out after shopping, I usually drop the line, “I can’t wait to stop wearing this mask.” I have never heard one person disagree with me. No one has ever said to me, “We should be so thankful to wear a mask always!”
I know people are tired of having covid-19 shoved in their faces daily by the news media, politicians and supposed medical experts. You can see it in the roll of their eyes. We no longer see full faces! I think most people are putting up with the continued covid-19 restrictions because of fear of reprisal from employers, friends or government officials.
The common man is not stupid. Many suspect that there is something nefarious behind the hyped-up covid-19 crisis. They know, as the Trumpet magazine frequently shows, there is more happening behind the pandemic than a plan to curb a disease. It’s a power-over-the-people grab! An elderly woman told me she was upset most because her freedoms were being taken away. That is great insight.
The COVID-19 Cover-up
A lot more is happening in this world that should be receiving headline news attention. For example, other non-politicized health crises exist that people should be aware of. Prior to covid-19, America’s problem with opioid addiction was given a lot of attention. Not so much in 2020.
In January 2020, Bloomberg journalist Steve Geimann reported on a study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (niaaa) that showed the rapid rise in alcohol deaths for women. “Deaths from boozing and bingeing more than doubled in the past two decades, as alcohol consumption per person rose 8 percent, with sharp increases in the rate for women and the middle-aged,” wrote Geimann. I don’t recall this statistic ever making headline news.
Initially this fact may not seem so shocking, but there is more to the picture. “Men were three quarters of the total but fatalities for women rose at a faster rate: 85 percent versus 39 percent for males, according to 1999-2017 research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism,” he continued. Why is the number of women dying from alcoholism rising more quickly than the number of men?
Not Just Liver Disease
“Total U.S alcohol deaths reached 72,558 in 2017—up from 35,914 in 1999—with almost a third tied to liver disease, according to the study,” wrote Geimann. That’s nearly 1 million people over an 18-year period!
niaaa director George Koob said this study should be a “wake-up call.” But since the call was not given attention by the mainstream media, few heard it. Certainly, government leaders and medical experts pushing for the coronavirus lockdown didn’t hear it or ignored it. How do we know? Churches, theaters, stadiums and restaurants were shuttered, but liquor stores remained wide open. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings were forced to go virtual. In February, Fox News reported: “Hazardous alcohol use among those under lockdown rose from 21 percent in April to nearly 41 percent in September compared to those not under lockdown, probable alcohol dependence rose from nearly 8 percent to 29 percent, and severe dependence rose from nearly 4 percent to 17 percent over the same time period.” News sources in the United Kingdom show a similar trend.
Only a third of the deaths discussed in the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism study were tied to liver disease. What is the cause for the other deaths? This is where I think this subject gets really interesting.
At the very beginning of his article Geimann mentioned alcohol deaths from binge drinking. Then to conclude his article he wrote: “While the prevalence of drinking and bingeing didn’t change for men, there was a 10.1 percent rise in the prevalence of drinking and a 23.3 percent increase in binge drinking among women.” That is a shattering statistic, and Geimann ended the article without even hinting at a solution.
What is the cause for binge drinking among women, especially young women?
Why Young Women Binge Drink
Binge drinking is not new for many young women attending the most popular colleges and universities in America. The Niche Company provides ratings for American colleges and universities as a means of helping students find a college that fits their educational goals and personality.
The top 20 colleges listed are graded according to 12 categories. One of those is party scene. The majority of the top 20 schools have an A+ rating for this category. They are referred to as the top party schools. Alcohol abuse is widespread at college parties. Many students, male and female, have died as a result of binge drinking at a college party.
“Binge drinking among young women has risen quite dramatically in recent years,” writes Mona Charen in her bestselling book, Sex Matters. She quotes a Wall Street Journal report that “[b]etween 1999 and 2008, the number of young women who showed up in emergency rooms for being dangerously intoxicated rose by 52 percent. The rate for young men, though higher, rose just 9 percent.”
Charen questions why young women are binge drinking. She states, “[M]any of them get so plastered they often cannot remember what they did the previous evening. This is not pleasure; it’s anesthesia. I suspect that hookup culture is causing the drinking and vice versa. Students may find hooking up so uncomfortable, so odd, so dehumanizing that they have to use alcohol to dull their senses and diminish their natural (and healthy) inhibitions. They’d probably never get into bed with strangers (at least most women wouldn’t) if they weren’t smashed.” Certainly, binge drinking leads to alcohol addiction and poor health. It is also a well-known fact the college women who binge drink put themselves at risk for rape. Limiting alcohol intake is only wise. Yet young feminists disagree.
“Any recommendation that young women limit their alcohol intake, maintain awareness of their surroundings, and take other commonsense precautions to protect themselves are greeted with shrill protests,” writes Charen. “For decades, feminists have urged women to flee from what they love and who they are and rigidly to copy men. It is terrible life advice.”
What Science Says
A January 2020 New York Times article quoted Patricia Powell, deputy director of the niaaa: “‘Part of being liberated from male dominance is being able to behave in which way you choose,’ Ms. Powell said. ‘Some women have gotten the message that it’s liberating to drink like a man.’ But that problematic message, she noted, doesn’t include the part about how dangerous alcohol is or that women who match a man drink-for-drink are likely to suffer worse health effects.” Science backs both Powell and Charen.
rehabspot.com helps people troubled by addiction to find an appropriate rehab facility. Its article “How Alcohol Abuse Uniquely Affects Women” states:
The problem is exacerbated by the special dangers that alcohol poses for women. In general, alcohol affects women more strongly than men. This both because women’s unique body chemistry interacts differently from men and because women are on average significantly smaller than men, meaning the same amount of alcohol will have a greater impact. For example, women who binge drink will likely become more intoxicated than men who drink the same amount and do so at a faster pace. (Binge drinking for women is consuming four or more drinks in 2 hours.) Women can even consume less alcohol in the same timeframe than men and yet feel more pronounced effects of intoxication. Even several hours later, women would likely have higher amounts of alcohol in their blood than men would if both drank the same amount. …
Some studies suggest that women who begin to engage in risky drinking behaviors such as binge drinking or heavy drinking are up to twice as likely to develop alcoholism and a number of alcohol-related health complications. These complications may include high blood pressure, liver damage, and breast cancer.
The niaaa report shows that the age of women dying from alcoholism is getting younger. Are we in danger of losing our younger generation of women?
Death by Ideology
“[W]omen between ages 25 to 34 see the highest modern rates of alcohol abuse. Reasons for increased drinking in these ages include career pressures, workforce demands, and transitioning from college to the ‘real world.’ College drinking in both genders tends to be high, especially in female students,” warns rehabspot.com.
To cure this problem, we must find the cause. Alcohol is not the problem, although it is being used as a weapon. Certainly, we can point a finger at feminists promoting their radical message that women should act like men. A second culprit is our system of modern education. Feminism and communism reign in the highest ranks of our college- and university-level educators. They have fed our youth a failed and flawed philosophy. They’re willing to ignore, even encourage, major problems rather than accept that there could be any innate differences between men and women. And what is the result?
As the Prophet Isaiah said thousands of years ago about our day, our society is fatally sick (Isaiah 1:5-6). “As for my people, children are their oppressors and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths” (Isaiah 3:12).
It is not exaggeration to say that our young women who die from binge drinking, or the harmful effects of alcoholism, are dying by ideology. Everything could change dramatically if people truly wanted to eliminate the causes that are the foundation of the sick society we live in. That desire does not presently exist. However, a dramatic change is coming.
“They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). Jesus Christ will soon return and establish a new world order that will bring right education and the understanding of the purpose and principles of healthful and joyous living. God speed that day!