.. What does the Bible say about drinking alcohol?
The Bible actually has a lot to say about drinking alcohol. To be clear though, back in those days, grape juice was indeed fermented (causing it to contain alcohol), but it may not have been fermented to the alcohol levels that are reached in modern wines. Still, we can’t call what was drunk in the Bible simply “grape juice,” but at the same time, we can’t assume that wine in Bible times was the same potency as wine that is sold today.
That said, there is nothing in the Bible that forbids a Christian from drinking alcohol. We even see Jesus Himself drinking wine on occasion (John 2:1-11; Matthew 26:29). In fact, as His very first public miracle, Jesus changed water into wine at a wedding. And it wasn’t just any cheap wine either; it was the good stuff! Even the master of the feast, who had no idea what Jesus had done, said to the bridegroom, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now” (John 2:1-11).
Keep in mind that in the days the New Testament chronicles, regular drinking water wasn’t very clean. They didn’t have sanitation systems and chemical purification for their water.
That meant that the well water was often rich in bacteria, viruses, and other nastiness. (That’s true for lots of third world countries today as well.)
Because the water had a tendency to make people sick, the beverage of choice was wine because the likelihood of contamination was pretty low. We can even read in 1 Timothy 5:23 that Paul tells Timothy not to drink the water because it was probably giving him a stomachache. So many people drank wine simply for health reasons. Indeed today, even the American Heart Association says a glass of red wine each day can be good so long as moderation is always kept in mind and there’s no history of alcohol abuse.
75 Biblical Truth And Fact About Alcohol
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.
8. 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
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
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 kings 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 committed.
48. Hosea 4:11 – Intoxicating wine takes away intelligence.
49. Hosea 7:5 – God reproves princes for drinking.
50. Joel 1:5 – Drunkards awake to see God’s judgment.
51. Joel 3:3 – The enemy is judged for selling girls for wine.
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 immorality.
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”.