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.

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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.

Complete abstinence

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.


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
and rebellious.

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
strong drink.

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
was killed.

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
of violence.

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
intoxicating drinks.

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
anesthetics are available today.

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
in judgment.

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
abstaining friends.

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
neighbor drink.

58) Habakkuk 2:16 – Drinking leads to shame.


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.

GOD 1 COR 6,10.

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