What does the Bible say about consuming alcohol?

The Bible says it’s okay to drink alcohol, but not to get drunk: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery” (Eph. 5:18 NIV).

The consumption of fermented drink was common in the culture of the Bible. It’s first mentioned in Genesis 9, where it says that after the flood, Noah took up farming and planted a vineyard. In verse 21, it says that “he drank some of its wine, he became drunk” (Gen. 9:21 NIV). Wine was also used in the biblical culture for medicinal purposes, where it was used for digestion problems (1 Tim. 5:23) and was poured on wounds (Luke 10:34). Archeological discoveries have indicated that beer was also fermented and consumed early on in the history of the Bible, and that the terms “strong drink” or “fermented drink” are a reference to beer. Fermented drink was also used as an offering in the temple rites under the Mosaic Law (Num. 28:7).

Over-consumption of alcohol, on the other hand, causes many problems—automobile accidents, addiction, broken homes, and violence including homicide, suicide, and sexual assault, just to name a few. Over-consumption lowers a person’s inhibitions (their ability to judge right from wrong), leading to ungodly and risky behaviors. Any loving parent would warn their children about potentially hazardous behaviors. Our Heavenly Father is the very picture of love, and that’s why scripture states that the age we live in is under the control of the evil one” (1 John 5:19b NIV). The “evil one” is another title for Satan, who’s on a mission to cause as much trouble as he can. Because of that, scripture also tells Christians to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour(1 Peter 5:8 KJV).

Enjoying the occasional drink is not a sin, but godly wisdom should always be used so that we remain clear-minded and alert, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices(2 Cor 2:11 KJV).

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  1. Amen so true satan will not stop at nothing to get what he wants so be mindful of the alcohol that you drink

  2. Given the current culture, being drunk makes it too easy for others to accuse of things you did not do. Let alone that being drunk can cause to do something really stupid as well.

    We are not forbidden to partake of fermented drink (wine, beer, cider, mead). And at the time that the Torah and even the Gospels were written the distillation of spirits had yet to be invented (over a 1000 years later). So even greater caution with distilled spirits. Drink less and only for the flavor. If you have to mix something with it then you are drinking for the wrong reason.

    I really do not like beer or whiskey as they are from grain. I prefer wine and brandy. Once I start to feel the effects then I stop drinking. Too many years of military service and an unwillingness to lose control. Again if you drink then enjoy the flavor, not the buzz.

  3. Short and sweet and get to the point. I shared this on Facebook.

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