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Does the Bible Justify Drinking Alcoholic Beverages?

Does the Bible justify drinking alcoholic beverages?Society justifies social drinking, telling people to "drink responsibly." What does the Bible say?


Modern society tries to justify the social drinker because, supposedly, he does not drink to “excess.” But if he does drink to “excess” and becomes an alcoholic, then people justify him because “he is sick and cannot help himself.” Apparently, people are simply determined to justify drinking! What does the Bible say?


1 Corinthians 6:10 lists “drunkards” among those who “will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Proverbs 23:29,30 says: “Who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who hath contentions? Who hath babbling? Who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.” If you are not aware that alcohol causes these problems, just talk to the children, wife, or husband of an alcoholic.


But Proverbs 23 speaks, not just about the end result of the drinking process, but also about the very beginning. Verses 31,32 say: “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.” We should beware of alcohol from the start because of what it often leads to. It is a known fact that one of every ten social drinkers becomes an alcoholic.


1 Peter 4:3 warns Christians not to continue in sins such as “drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties” (NKJV). The expression “drinking parties” is the equivalent of modern social drinking. Modern society may justify social drinking. But God does not. God will, however, forgive the drinker if he will cease his practice (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

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