What Does the Bible Say about Alcohol?
Proverbs 23:29–30 The Historical Perspective Ancient wines are estimated to have an alcoholic content of 5–8%. Why the big difference? Distillation of alcohol began in the 12th Century at the School of Solerna in Italy. Ancient wine was diluted. Watered Down Wine Homer: 20 to 1 Pliny: 8 to 1 Aristophanes: 3 to 2 Unmixed wine was considered barbaric. The Biblical Perspective Drunkenness is a sin. Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:19–21;1 Corinthians 6:9–11 Civil laws must be followed. Alcohol usage is unwise. Proverbs 21:1; 21:17; 31:4–7; 23:29–35 Drinking is condemned. 1 Peter 4:3–5 Drunkenness Orgies or Revellings Being “half-drunk” Drinking Parties or Banquetings The act of drinking. 1 Timothy 5:23 Timothy abstained from alcohol. If drinking was commonly accepted, why would Paul need to explain to Timothy he could use alcohol for medicinal purposes? Jesus changed water to wine. John 2:1–10 The best wine was judged by being fresh, not alcoholic (Barnes). Only the use of “much wine” is prohibited. 1 Timothy 3:8; Titus 2:3 “addicted to much wine”“slaves to much wine” Is it okay to be addicted to a “little wine”?