Alcohol is a controversial topic in modern society. On the one hand, the drinking of alcohol leads to debauchery, drunk diving, redness of eyes, and sexually immoral activities.
On the other hand, alcohol consumption can be pretty innocent and even Biblical (think of Communion). Even Jesus Christ himself drank wine on occasions.
The effects of alcohol depend on a man's heart. What are the underlying intentions of drinking alcoholic beverages? Are you drinking sweet wine in honor of Jesus? Or are you planning to indulge in drunkenness orgies and beyond?
In today's bible study, we have read the Bible and selected the most relevant verses on God's alcohol stance.
What does the Bible say about drinking alcohol?
Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:
I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.
Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:
Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11. Joel 3:3 KJV
And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
14. Isaiah 28:1 KJV
Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
16. Isaiah 55:1 KJV
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
17. Judges 13:7 KJV
But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.
But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
21. Joel 1:5 KJV
Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.
22. Genesis 9:21 KJV
And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
23. Luke 21:34 KJV
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me.
26. Romans 13:13 KJV
Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.
They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!
The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
33. Daniel 1:8 KJV
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
34. Isaiah 29:9 KJV
Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.
35. Titus 2:3 KJV
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
36. Romans 12:2 KJV
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
37. Romans 14:21 KJV
It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
39. Isaiah 28:3 KJV
The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:
40. Hosea 4:11 KJV
Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
42. Luke 7:34 KJV
The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
43. Isaiah 25:6 KJV
And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.
Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
46. Isaiah 28:7 KJV
But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
48. Luke 1:15 KJV
For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
50. John 2:10 KJV
And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
51. Titus 1:7 KJV
For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
52. Numbers 6:3 KJV
He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
54. Isaiah 24:9 KJV
They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.
55. Matthew 9:17 KJV
Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
56. Amos 9:14 KJV
And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
57. Judges 13:4 KJV
Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
58. Amos 2:8 KJV
And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their God.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
60. Habakkuk 2:5 KJV
Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:
Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the Lord thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,
67. Luke 10:34 KJV
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
68. 1 Peter 4:3 KJV
For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
69. Judges 13:14 KJV
She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe.
70. 1 Peter 5:8 KJV
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
The act of drinking alcohol is neither good nor bad. It lies within the intention of the man or woman who is drinking. Unfortunately, humans suffer from a sinful nature. Sometimes, we let the effects of wine take us down into alcohol abuse. But as long as we do it in remembrance of the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no reason why we cannot drink.
May you experience victory in Jesus Christ.