There is no question that alcohol is a large part of our culture. If we go on a picnic, there must be alcohol. Weddings? Of course, alcohol is served. Family gatherings? We expect alcohol to be a part.
I want to say up front that I am aware that the Bible does not condemn the use of alcohol but I believe the Bible would say that it is not beneficial for the Christ follower. I Cor. 6:12 At best the Bible would recommend moderation but most do not practice moderation. I often hear people use a term that perfectly describes their drinking experience. They say, “Man, did I get wasted last night!” I believe that is a good choice of words. Wasted. How can someone say they had a good time and cannot remember what they did? Time nor space does not allow me to develop that thought to its logical conclusion. So allow me to briefly mention a couple of ways that excessive drinking is a waster.
It promotes wasteful spending. Proverbs 23:21 Americans spend $90 billion on alcohol annually. That is not including how much is spent on incidents involving alcohol, such as car accidents. The alcohol industry spends $2 billion a year on advertising. [Figures from Ask.com]
It destroys families, physical and emotional health. Proverbs 23:29-30,
God gave us all things to enjoy. Ecclesiastes 9:7 “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.” But what God permitted in moderation, man took to excess and thereby sinned. Is drinking wrong? It is left for the individual to decide. Is excessive (what is excessive?) drinking wrong; according to God’s Word it is.
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. “ 1Cor. 10:31