What does the Bible say about drinking alcohol?


Question: “What does the Bible say about drinking alcohol? Is some alcohol permitted? What does God say about being drunk?”

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The Bible does not prohibit Christians from drinking alcohol. Two thousand years ago, most of those in the Bible drank wine that was diluted with water to an alcohol level of 2.5% to 3%. Ecc. 9:7 instructs, Drink your wine with a merry heart. Jesus turned water into wine, and He said that He drank wine (Matthew 26:29). Paul recommended that Timothy should drink some wine for his stomach sake.

Rather, it is the abuse of alcohol that produces drunkenness and addiction that Christians must absolutely refrain from. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

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


The following will lead a person to hell rather than heaven. Envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:21).

In others words, a little wine is fine for the person who can handle it, but those who cannot handle a small drink without needing more and more, should not have any.

Clearly 1 Corinthians 6:10 tells us those who are drunkards will not go to heaven.  Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

For those who are drunkards but desire to go to heaven, seek God in prayer with all your heart and God with His great love for you will help you.

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