“Wine to make us happy, olive oil to make us cheerful, and bread to give us strength.”Psalm 104:15 

In some homes, alcoholic beverages are traditionally taken with meals. In other homes, drinking is strongly disapproved of. There are different viewpoints when it comes to this subject, because people are influenced by various factors, such as culture, health concerns, and religion.

God’s Viewpoint:

The Bible clearly condemns drunkenness and overindulgence, but not the moderate consumption of alcohol. (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10)

nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Did you know that men and women of God drank wine, a beverage mentioned over two hundred times in the Bible. (Genesis 27:25)

 “Eat your food with rejoicing and drink your wine with a good heart,” says Ecclesiastes 9:7.

Wine has always contributed to a joyful spirit, so it’s no surprise that it was usually served on festive occasions, such as wedding feasts. The Bible tells of the time when Jesus Christ performed his first miracle—turning water into “fine wine.” (John 2:1-11)

Not to mention that wine was also used for medicinal purposes.—Luke 10:34; 1 Timothy 5:23.

[Do not be] enslaved to a lot of wine.”Titus 2:3.

Each year, countless families are destroyed because one or both parents abuse alcohol. Excessive drinking not only demolishes families, but it also contributes to innumerable traffic accidents. In the long run, alcohol abuse can damage the brain, the heart, the liver, and the stomach.

God’s viewpoint:

There needs to be moderation in both drinking and eating, it is a fundamental requirement of God. (Proverbs 23:20; 1 Timothy 3:2, 3, 8) People who tend to get drunk expose their lack of self-control , which brings his disapproval. The Bible states:

Wine is a ridiculer, intoxicating liquor is boisterous, and everyone going astray by it is not wise.—Proverbs 20:1.

So, should we really look at alcohol as something completely wrong even though within biblical times, wine consumption was very common? Alcohol intake shouldn’t necessarily been frowned upon, so as long as the drinker is responsible. Moderation and self-control is key, to allow yourself to become addicted and to overindulge should never be a person’s intentions.

“Sensible people will see trouble coming and avoid it, but an unthinking person will walk right into it and regret it later.”Proverbs 22:3

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If you feel that you have a problem with alcohol, please contact your local Alcoholics Anonymous group.