Alcohol appear in the Hebrew Bible, after Noah planted a vineyard and became inebriated. In the New Testament, Jesus miraculously made copious amounts of wine at the marriage at Cana (John 2)
Is Drinking Alcohol a Sin?
The Bible’s answer
It is not a sin to drink alcohol in moderation. The Bible describes wine as a gift from God that can make life more enjoyable. (Psalm 104:14, 15; Ecclesiastes 3:13; 9:7) The Bible also acknowledges the medicinal value of wine.—1 Timothy 5:23.
Jesus drank wine during his time on earth. (Matthew 26:29; Luke 7:34) In one of his well-known miracles, Jesus turned water into wine as a generous gift at a marriage feast.—John 2:1-10.
Dangers of overdrinking Alcohol
While the Bible mentions the positive aspects of wine, it condemns overdrinking and drunkenness. Thus, a Christian who chooses to drink alcohol would do so only in moderation. (1 Timothy 3:8; Titus 2:2, 3) The Bible gives several reasons to avoid overdrinking.
- It impairs thinking ability and judgment. (Proverbs 23:29-35) An intoxicated person cannot fulfill the Bible’s command to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, a sacred service with your power of reason.”—Romans 12:1.
- Overdrinking removes inhibitions and “the motivation to do what is right.”—Hosea 4:11; Ephesians 5:18.
- It can lead to poverty and serious health problems.—Proverbs 23:21, 31, 32.
- Heavy drinking and drunkenness displease God.—Proverbs 23:20; Galatians 5:19-21.
How much Alcohol is too much?
A person has had too much alcohol when his drinking puts him or others at risk of harm. According to the Bible, drunkenness is identified, not by a person’s passing out, but by such behavior as being disoriented, walking unsteadily, becoming contentious, or having slurred speech. (Job 12:25; Psalm 107:27; Proverbs 23:29, 30, 33) Even those who avoid getting drunk can still become “weighed down with . . . heavy drinking” and experience its serious consequences.—Luke 21:34, 35.
The Bible also identifies times when Christians should avoid drinking alcohol altogether:
- If others would be stumbled by it.—Romans 14:21.
- If drinking alcohol violates the law of the land.—Romans 13:1.
- If a person cannot control his drinking. Those who suffer from alcoholism and other forms of alcohol abuse must be willing to take drastic action.—Matthew 5:29, 30.
Now let us look carefully at the bible and point out those portions that talks about Alcohol both in the new testament and the old testament.
IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
1) Genesis 9:20-26
Noah became drunk; the result
was immorality and family trouble.
2) Genesis 19:30-38
Lot was so drunk he did not
know what he was doing; this led to immorality
3) Leviticus 10:9-11 – God commanded priests not to
drink so that they could tell the difference between
the holy and the unholy.
4) Numbers 6:3 – The Nazarites were told to eat or
drink nothing from the grape vine.
5) Deuteronomy 21:20 – A drunken son was stubborn
6) Deuteronomy 29:5-6 – God gave no grape juice to
Israel nor did they have intoxicating drink in the
7) Deuteronomy 32:33 – Intoxicating wine is like the
poison of serpents, the cruel venom of asps.
Judges 13:4, 7, 14 – Samson was to be a Nazarite
for life. His mother was told not to drink wine or
9) 1 Samuel 1:14-15 – Accused, Hannah said she
drank no wine.
10) 1 Samuel 25:32-38 – Nabal died after a drunken
11) 2 Samuel 11:13 – By getting Uriah drunk, David
hoped to cover his sin.
12) 2 Samuel 13:28-29 – Amnon was drunk when he
13) 1 Kings 16:8-10 – The king was drinking himself
into drunkenness when he was assassinated
14) 1 Kings 20:12-21 – Ben-Hadad and 32 other kings
were drinking when they were attacked and defeated
by the Israelites.
15) Esther 1:5-12 – The king gave each one all the
drink he wanted. The king was intoxicated when he
commanded the queen to come.
16) Psalm 75:8 – The Lord’s anger is pictured as
mixed wine poured out and drunk by the wicked.
17) Proverbs 4:17 – Alcoholic drink is called the wine
18) Proverbs 20:1 – Wine is a mocker, strong drink is
19) Proverbs 23:19-20 – A wise person will not be
among the drinkers of alcoholic beverages.
20) Proverbs 23:21 – Drunkenness causes poverty.
21) Proverbs 23:29-30 – Drinking causes woe, sorrow,
fighting, babbling, wounds without cause and red
22) Proverbs 23:31 – God instructs not to look at
23) Proverbs 23:32 – Alcoholic drinks bite like a
serpent, sting like an adder.
24) Proverbs 23:33 – Alcohol causes the drinker to
have strange and adulterous thoughts, produces
willfulness, and prevents reformation.
25) Proverbs 23:34 – Alcohol makes the drinker
26) Proverbs 23:35 – Alcohol makes the drinker
insensitive to pain so he does not perceive it as a
warning. Alcohol is habit forming.
27) Proverb 31:4-5 – Kings, Princes, and others who
rule and judge must not drink alcohol. Alcohol
perverts good judgment.
28) Proverbs 31:6-7 – Strong drink could be given to
those about to perish or those in pain. Better
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29) Ecclesiastes 2:3 – The king tried everything,
including intoxicating drink, to see if it satisfied. It
did not. (Ecclesiastes 12:8)
30) Ecclesiastes 10:17 – A land is blessed when its
leaders do not drink.
31) Isaiah 5:11-12 – Woe to those who get up early to
drink and stay up late at night to get drunk.
32) Isaiah 5:22 – Woe to “champion” drinkers and
“experts” at mixing drinks.
33) Isaiah 19:14 – Drunken men stagger in their
34) Isaiah 22:12-13 – The Israelites choose to drink;
their future looks hopeless to them.
35) Isaiah 24:9 – Drinkers cannot escape the
consequences when God judges.
36) Isaiah 28:1 – God pronounces woe on the
drunkards of Ephraim.
37) Isaiah 28:3 – Proud drunkards shall be trodden
38) Isaiah 28:7 – Priests and prophets stagger and
reel from beer and wine, err in vision, and stumble
39) Isaiah 28:8 – Drinkers’ tables are covered with
vomit and filth.
40) Isaiah 56:9-12 – Drinkers seek their own gain and
expect tomorrow to be just like today.
41) Jeremiah 35:2-14 – The Rechabites drank no
grape juice or intoxicating wine and were blessed.
42) Ezekiel 44:21 – Again God instructed the priests
not to drink wine.
43) Daniel 1:5-17 – Daniel refused the king’s
intoxicating wine and was blessed for it along with his
44) Daniel 5:1 – Belshazzar, ruler of Babylon; led his
people in drinking.
45) Daniel 5:2-3 – The king, along with his nobles,
wives, and concubines, drank from the goblets which
had been taken from God’s temple.
46) Daniel 5:4 – Drinking wine was combined with
praising false gods.
47) Daniel 5:23 – God sent word to Belshazzar that
punishment would be swift for the evil he had
48) Hosea 4:11 – Intoxicating wine takes away
49) Hosea 7:5 – God reproves princes for drinking.
50) Joel 1:5 – Drunkards awake to see God’s
51) Joel 3:3 – The enemy is judged for selling girls for
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52) Amos 2:8 – Unrighteous acts of Israel included
the drinking of wine which had been taken for the
payment of fines.
53) Amos 2:12 – Israel is condemned for forcing
Nazarites to drink wine.
54) Micah 2:11 – Israelites are eager to follow false
teachers who prophesy plenty of intoxicating drinks.
55) Nahum 1:10 – The drunkards of Nineveh will be
destroyed by God.
56) Habakkuk 2:5 – A man is betrayed by wine.
57) Habakkuk 2:15 – Woe to him that gives his
58) Habakkuk 2:16 – Drinking leads to shame.
IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
59) Matthew 24:48-51 – A drinking servant is
unprepared for his Lord’s return.
60) Luke 1:15 – John the Baptist drank neither grape
juice nor wine.
61) Luke 12:45 – Christ warned against drunkenness.
62) Luke 21:34 – Drunkenness will cause a person not
to be ready for the Lord’s return.
63) Romans 13:13 – Do not walk in drunkenness or
64) Romans 14:21 – Do not do anything that will hurt
your testimony as a believer.
65) 1 Corinthians 5:11 – If a Christian brother is a
drinker, do not associate with him.
66) 1 Corinthians 6:10 – Drunkards will not inherit the
kingdom of God
67) Galatians 5:21 – Acts of the sinful nature, such as
drunkenness, will prohibit a person from inheriting
the kingdom of God.
68) Ephesians 5:18 – In contrast to being drunk with
wine, the believer is to be filled with the Spirit.
69) 1 Thessalonians 5:6-7 – Christians are to be alert
and self-controlled, belonging to the day. Drunkards
belong to the night and darkness.
70) 1 Timothy 3:2-3 – Bishops (elders) are to be
temperate, sober, and not near any wine.
71) 1 Timothy 3:8 – Deacons are to be worthy of
respect and not drinkers.
72) 1 Timothy 3:11 – Deacons’ wives are to be
temperate and sober.
73) Titus 1:7-8 – An overseer is to be disciplined.
74) Titus 2:2-3 – The older men and older women of
the church are to be temperate and not addicted to
75) 1 Peter 4:3-4 – The past life of drunkenness and
carousing has no place in the Christian’s life.
NO DRUNKARD SHALL INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF
GOD 1 COR 6,10.
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