Alcohol: To Drink or Not To Drink-Topic for Discussion

What does the Bible have to say when it comes to drinking alcohol?

3 different types of Alcohol- wine beer liquor

Hebrew word- shekar- strong drink- used 23 times


Yayin- wine- most common used 141 times

Tirosh- new wine- used 38 times

Greek word –Oinos- refers to both alcoholic and non-alcoholic wine in the NT


Argumentative Questions:

  1. Was the wine in the bible diluted? Yes, at times. It was concentrate when being transported or stored, but mixed with water when consumed.
  2. Did the wine go through the fermenting process? Yes. The fermenting process began as soon as the skin layer was broken on the grape.

Argumentative statements:

  1. Jesus drank wine.
  2. Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine (scripture clearly shows His mother told Him to)
  3. Noah drank wine. And look where it got him
  4. Paul told Timothy to drink wine for his health. So concerned with the image of alcohol, Timothy had to be told to drink it to keep his health from being compromised
  5. Wine was used in the Passover meal.
  6. Prov 31:6-7
  7. Ps. 104:14

There are several good things when it comes to alcohol;

  1. Beer- reduces the risk of heart disease, rich in vitamin B6, lowers the risk of kidney stones in middle age men by 40%, helps women to increase bone density.
  2. Wine- reduces heart disease, blood clots, the hardening of arteries, kidney stones and Alzheimer’s disease
  3. Liquor- studies show that the consuming 16-24 grams were benefitial for health. Excess of that the mortality rate is much greater. 1.5 ounces (1 shot)= 12-14 grams


What is wrong with drinking as long as it is in Moderation?


drinking results in:

a slowing of the thinking processes (Prov. 31:4-5; Isa. 28:7; Hos. 4:11);

a stupor (Jer. 25:27; 51:39);

 sickness (Isa. 19:14; 28:7-8; Jer. 48:26);

staggering (loss of balance and mental control) (Job 12:25; Isa. 28:7-8; 29:9);

arrogance (Hab. 2:5)

forgetfulness (Prov. 31:6-7);

confusion and delirious dreams (Prov. 23:31, 33);

 sleepiness (Gen. 9:20-24; 19:33);

lack of feeling (Prov. 23:31, 35);

bloodshot eyes (Prov. 23:29-30);

and poverty (Prov. 23:20-21).



If this subject is questionable then ask these questions:

  1. Will this activity bring glory to God?
  2. Is it profitable for my Christian walk?
  3. Will it edify me as a believer?
  4. Will this activity have the potential to enslave me?
  5. Will this strengthen me against temptation or lead me deeper to it?
  6. Is this a characteristic of God or of the world?


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