Mental Disturbances Caused By Alcohol

The physical disasters that follow the​ continued use of​ intoxicating beverages are sad enough,​ and terrible enough; but the​ surely attendant mental,​ moral and spiritual disasters are sadder and more terrible still. if​ you​ disturb the​ healthy condition of​ the​ brain,​ which is​ the​ physical organ through which the​ mind acts,​ you​ disturb the​ mind. it​ will not have the​ same clearness of​ perception as​ before; nor have the​ same rational control over the​ impulses and passions.
Heavenly order in​ the​ body.

In order to​ understand a​ subject clearly,​ certain general laws,​ or​ principles,​ must be seen and admitted. And here we assume,​ as​ a​ general truth,​ that health in​ the​ human body is​ normal heavenly order on​ the​ physical plane of​ life,​ and that any disturbance of​ that order exposes the​ man to​ destructive influences,​ which are evil and infernal in​ their character. Above the​ natural and physical plane,​ and resting upon it,​ while man lives in​ this world,​ is​ the​ mental and spiritual plane,​ or​ degree of​ life. This degree is​ in​ heavenly order when the​ reason is​ clear,​ and the​ appetites and passions under its wise control. But,​ if,​ through any cause,​ this fine equipoise is​ disturbed,​ or​ lost,​ then a​ way is​ opened for the​ influx of​ more subtle evil influences than such as​ invade the​ body,​ because they have power to​ act upon the​ reason and the​ passions,​ obscuring the​ one and inflaming the​ others.
We know how surely the​ loss of​ bodily health results in​ mental disturbance. if​ the​ seat of​ disease be remote from the​ brain,​ the​ disturbance is​ usually slight; but it​ increases as​ the​ trouble comes nearer and nearer to​ that organ,​ and shows itself in​ multiform ways according to​ character,​ temperament or​ inherited disposition; but almost always in​ a​ predominance of​ what is​ evil instead of​ good. There will be fretfulness,​ or​ illnature,​ or​ selfish exactions,​ or​ mental obscurity,​ or​ unreasoning demands,​ or,​ it​ may be,​ vicious and cruel propensities,​ where,​ when the​ brain was undisturbed by disease,​ reason held rule with patience and loving kindness. if​ the​ disease which has attacked the​ brain goes on​ increasing,​ the​ mental disease which follows as​ a​ consequence of​ organic disturbance or​ deterioration,​ will have increased also,​ until insanity may be established in​ some one or​ more of​ its many sad and varied forms.

It is,​ therefore,​ a​ very serious thing for a​ man to​ take into his body any substance which,​ on​ reaching that wonderfully delicate organ the​ brain,​ sets up therein a​ diseased action; for,​ diseased mental action is​ sure to​ follow. a​ fever is​ a​ fever,​ whether it​ be light or​ intensely burning; and so any disturbance of​ the​ minds rational equipoise is​ insanity,​ whether it​ be in​ the​ simplest form of​ temporary obscurity,​ or​ in​ the​ midnight of​ a​ totally darkened intellect.
We are not writing in​ the​ interest of​ any special theory,​ nor in​ the​ spirit of​ partisanship; but with an earnest desire to​ make the​ truth appear. you​ must not accept anything simply because we say it,​ but because he sees it​ to​ be true. Now,​ as​ to​ this matter of​ insanity,​ let him think calmly. the​ word is​ one that gives us a​ shock; and,​ as​ we hear it,​ we almost involuntarily thank God for the​ good gift of​ a​ wellbalanced mind. What,​ if​ from any cause this beautiful equipoise should be disturbed and the​ mind lose its power to​ think clearly,​ or​ to​ hold the​ lower passions in​ due control? Shall we exceed the​ truth if​ we say that the​ man in​ whom this takes place is​ insane just in​ the​ degree that he has lost his rational selfcontrol; and that he is​ restored when he regains that control?
In this view,​ the​ question as​ to​ the​ hurtfulness of​ alcoholic drinks assumes a​ new and graver aspect. Do they disturb the​ brain when they come in​ contact with its substance; and deteriorate it​ if​ the​ contact be long continued? Fact,​ observation,​ experience and scientific investigation all emphatically say yes; and we know that if​ the​ brain be disordered the​ mind,​ will be disordered,​ likewise; and a​ disordered mind is​ an insane mind. Clearly,​ then,​ in​ the​ degree that a​ man impairs or​ hurts his brain temporarily or​ continuously in​ that degree his mind is​ unbalanced; in​ that degree he is​ not a​ truly rational and sane man.
We are holding your thought just here that you​ may have time to​ think,​ and to​ look at​ the​ question in​ the​ light of​ reason and common sense. So far as​ he does this,​ will he be able to​ feel the​ force of​ such evidence as​ we shall educe in​ what follows,​ and to​ comprehend its true meaning.
Other substances besides ​alcohol​ act injuriously on​ the​ brain; but there is​ none that compares with this in​ the​ extent,​ variety and diabolical aspect of​ the​ mental aberrations which follow its use. We are not speaking thoughtlessly or​ wildly; but simply uttering a​ truth wellknown to​ every man of​ observation,​ and which every man,​ and especially those who take this substance in​ any form,​ should,​ lay deeply to​ heart. Why it​ is​ that such awful and destructive forms of​ insanity should follow,​ as​ they do,​ the​ use of​ ​alcohol​ it​ is​ not for us to​ say. That they do follow it,​ we know,​ and we hold,​ up the​ fact in​ solemn warning.
Another consideration,​ which should have weight with every one,​ is​ this,​ that no man can tell what may be the​ character of​ the​ legacy he has received from his ancestors. He may have an inheritance of​ latent evil forces,​ transmitted through many generations,​ which only await some favoring opportunity to​ spring into life and action. So long as​ he maintains a​ rational selfcontrol,​ and the​ healthy order of​ his life be not disturbed,​ they may continue quiescent; but if​ his brain loses its equipoise,​ or​ is​ hurt or​ impaired,​ then a​ diseased psychical condition may be induced and the​ latent evil forces be quickened into life.

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