"Brian's Story" is a profoundly moving documentary film that follows
Brian Davis – a Cambridge educated journalist who, after walking out of a
successful career, finds himself on the streets of London coping with
alcoholism, manic depression and homelessness.
2:219 THEY WILL
ASK thee about intoxicants and games of chance. Say: "In both there is
great evil as well as some benefit for man; but the evil which they
cause is greater than the benefit which they bring."
5:90 O YOU
who have attained to faith! Intoxicants, and games of chance, and
idolatrous practices, and the divining of the future are but a loathsome
evil of Satan's doing: shun it, then, so that you might attain to a
happy state! (91) By means of intoxicants and games of chance Satan
seeks only to sow enmity and hatred among you, and to turn you away from
the remembrance of God and from prayer. Will you not, then, desist?
every substance the use of which obscures the intellect, i.e.,
intoxicates. Hence, the prohibition of intoxicants laid down in this
verse comprises not merely alcoholic drinks, but also drugs which have a
similar effect. The only exception from this total prohibition arises
in cases of "dire necessity": that is to say, in cases where illness or a
bodily accident makes the administration of intoxicating drugs or of
alcohol imperative and unavoidable.
Some may criticize the film
at the end of this documentary and ask what religion has to do with
Brian’s story? I have lived with depression for much of my own life and I
have witnessed first-hand - the effects of alcohol abuse within the
family. And so I can honestly say that the only real solution to all of
these problems is faith. To turn away from all self-destructive inner
tendencies and turn sincerely to God for help.