What Does the Bible Say About Drunkenness?

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise. (Proverbs 20:1).

Who has woe?  Who has sorrow?  Who has strife?  Who has complaints?  Who has needless bruises?  Who has bloodshot eyes?  Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.  Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake, and poisons like a viper.  Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind imagine confusing things.  You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.  “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!  They beat me, but I don’t feel it.  When will I wake up so I can find another drink?” (Proverbs 23:29-35, NIV).

Do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18).

Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. (Romans 13:13-14).  See also 1 Pet 4:3, Gal 5:21.

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