Drunkenness Topical Study

<p><font color="#0077c8"><span style="font-size: 28px;"><b>Drunkenness in Scripture</b></span></font></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><strong><span class="heading-sm">Drunkenness as Folly</span></strong> </span></p><ul><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Proverbs%2020%3A1">Proverbs 20:1</a>, &quot;Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler&quot;</span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Proverbs%2023%3A20-23">Proverbs 23:20-23</a>, do not drink a lot of wine</span></span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Proverbs%2023%3A29-35">Proverbs 23:29-35</a>, wine goes down smoothly and makes your eyes see strange things</span></span></span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Proverbs%2031%3A4-5">Proverbs 31:4-5</a>, rulers should not drink, if they do they will forget what they decree</span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Isaiah%2028%3A7">Isaiah 28:7</a>, &quot;the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink&quot;</span></span> </span></li><li><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Hosea%204%3A11">Hosea 4:11</a>, &quot;Wine and new wine take away the understanding&quot;</span></span></li></ul><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><strong><span class="heading-sm">Drunkenness in Vice Lists</span> </strong></span></p><ul><li><span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/1%20Corinthians%205%3A11">1 Corinthians 5:11</a>, do not eat with a drunkard, robber, idolater, or reviler</span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Galatians%205%3A19-21">Galatians 5:19-21</a>, those who partake of hte works of hte flesh will not inherit the kingdom of God</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/1%20Timothy%203%3A8">1 Timothy 3:8</a>, &quot;Deacons . . . must be serious, not double-tongued, not indulging in much wine, not greedy for money&quot;</span></span></li></ul><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><strong><span class="heading-sm">Honor in Avoiding Drunkenness</span></strong> </span></p><ul><li><span style="font-size: 16px;"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/Romans%2013%3A13">Romans 13:13</a>, &quot;Let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy&quot;</span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/1%20Corinthians%203%3A16-17">1 Corinthians 3:16-17</a>, your body is God&#39;s temple</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy"><a href="https://preachingandworship.org/search/1%20Peter%205%3A8">1 Peter 5:8</a>, &quot;Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour&quot;</span></span></li></ul><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><strong><span class="heading-lg">Reflections on Drunkenness</span></strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><strong><span class="heading-sm">A prime piece of folly</span></strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy">If we run our eye down the list of texts just cited, it&#39;s not hard to see why Scripture condemns drunkenness. A prime piece of folly, drunkenness lowers inhibitions, resulting in mockery and brawling. Or, drunkenness makes people drowsy, and disinclined to bestir themselves. So their work suffers and then their income. Drunkenness causes perversions of thought, including hallucinations. And when habitual, drunkenness leads right into the addictive trap. Drunken persons with hangovers often ease their pain with another drink. That springs the trap: trying to relieve pain with the same thing that caused it. Drinks go down smoothly, but then bite you. Drunken rulers pervert justice. Drunken prophets and priests lose their good judgment. Drunkenness leads to quarrelling. Long-term drunkenness damages or even destroys our bodies, which are temples of the Holy Spirit.</span> </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><strong><span class="heading-sm">On Campus</span></strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy">Most college campuses in the United States&nbsp;have tightened restrictions on alcohol on campus because of the appalling things that happen to young persons who are drunk. They brawl. They get sick or die from alcohol poisoning. They fall out of windows and break their bones. They have sex they can&#39;t remember the next day.</span> </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><strong><span class="heading-sm">In Family Systems</span></strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy">Social workers can talk for hours about the damage caused within family systems by habitual drunkenness. Drunk parents and spouses lie to hide their drunkenness or the extent of their drunkenness. They deceive even themselves. A parent might drink up the food money or the rent money. After a time, there isn&#39;t any food or rent money because a parent has drunk himself or herself out of his job. Drunk parents might beat their kids or their spouse.</span> </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="heading-sm"><strong>In the Economy</strong></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy">Countries with high alcohol consumption cultures find that drunkenness robs their economy of worker productivity, their discourse of civility, their road traffic of sanity.</span> </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><strong><span class="heading-sm">A Vice</span></strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="body-copy">Galatians 5 shows the unlovely company drunkenness keeps. It&#39;s a classic form of vice. To understand why, all you have to do is to imagine the myriad sorrows that fill in the blank at the end of a sentence that begins, &quot;But then he got drunk and . . . .&quot;</span></span></p>