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Proverbs 20:5 (KJV)
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

In today’s world, it’s all about pushing the product. Everyone is looking for a way to make what they are selling sound appealing. When I was a kid, you were made to believe you would get stronger just by eating certain cereals. Certain chocolate-flavored drinks were associated with space, and the thought of drinking them made you feel that much closer to the stars.

There is nothing wrong with advertising your product, but nowadays, with there being so much information available on the effects of products, companies must reinvent themselves, hiding the true effects of their products by making them more appealing with a few intellectual facts.

Alcohol is no different, with all of the news about drinking more responsibly, now, alcohol companies are advertising that wine may actually decrease the risk of heart disease, and the truth is they would not be lying. The skin of red grapes contains powerful flavonoids, such as resveratrol and quercetin.

These are antioxidants that help reduce heart disease. Keep in mind that while these are good qualities of the product, the downside of drinking is esophageal cancer, liver cancer, and cirrhosis of the liver, and because alcohol is a mind-altering drug, it is responsible for many crimes, traffic deaths, and domestic violence, and it is at the heart of many divorces.

Instead of trying to lower your risk of heart disease with a glass of wine, why not drink grape juice; thus, getting all the benefits while avoiding all the side effects. A group of friends sitting around the dinner table drinking grape juice is not appealing to advertisers, but neither is a group of friends sitting around a hospital bed, but nobody ever wants to talk about that.