What Does the Bible Say About Drinking?

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(Photo: Reuters/Tony Gentile)A recent study has revealed that red wine is the most potent alcoholic drink in terms of decreasing the risk of diabetes.

Alcoholic drinks have been around humanity for millennia, with a constant debate existing over whether it is acceptable to imbibe any fermented substances.

Within Christianity, there is no consensus on whether it is OK to drink alcohol. While some enjoy the practice, others make a habit of abstaining.

When it comes to the sacrament of communion, some churches have opted to replace actual wine with grape juice, in large part to appeal to those who may be harmed by consuming even the slightest amount of alcohol.

But what does the Bible have to say about drinking alcohol? Both the Old and New Testament speak of the practice, giving it mixed reviews.

Here are some of the verses about alcohol in the Old Testament:

“You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.”-Leviticus 10:9 

“Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.” -Proverbs 20:1 

“Woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks, who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine.” -Isaiah 5:11

Here are some of the verses about alcohol in the New Testament:

“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.” -Luke 21:34

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled…

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