Bible verses on alcoholism

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Genesis 9:20-26 – Noah became drunk; the result was immorality and family trouble.
Genesis 19:30-38 – Lot was so drunk he did not know what he was doing; this led to immorality
Leviticus 10:9-11 – God commanded priests not to drink so that they could tell the difference between the holy and the unholy.
Judges 13:4, 7, 14 – Samson was to be a Nazarite for life. His mother was told not to drink wine or strong drink.
Samuel 25:32-38 – Nabal died after a drunken spree.
2 Samuel 11:13 – By getting Uriah drunk, David hoped to cover his sin.
2 Samuel 13:28-29 – Amnon was drunk when he was killed.
1 Kings 16:8-10 – The king was drinking himself into drunkenness when he was assassinated
1 Kings 20:12-21 – Ben-Hadad and 32 other kings were drinking when they were attacked and defeated by the Israelites.
Esther 1:5-12 – The king gave each one all the drink he wanted. The king was intoxicated when he commanded the queen to come.
Proverbs 4:17 – Alcoholic drink is called the wine of violence.
Proverbs 23:19-20 – A wise person will not be among the drinkers of alcoholic beverages.
Proverbs 23:21 – Drunkenness causes poverty.
Proverbs 23:29-30 – Drinking causes woe, sorrow, fighting, babbling, wounds without cause and red eyes.
Proverbs 23:31 – God instructs not to look at intoxicating drinks.
Proverbs 23:32 – Alcoholic drinks bite like a serpent, sting like an adder.
Proverbs 23:33 – Alcohol causes the drinker to have strange and adulterous thoughts, produces willfulness, and prevents reformation.
Proverbs 23:34 – Alcohol makes the drinker unstable
Proverbs 23:35 – Alcohol makes the drinker insensitive to pain so he does not perceive it as a warning. Alcohol is habit forming.
Proverb 31:4-5 – Kings, Princes, and others who rule and judge must not drink alcohol. Alcohol perverts good judgment.
Proverbs 31:6-7 – Strong drink could be given to those about to perish or those in pain. Better anesthetics are available today.
Ecclesiastes 2:3 – The king tried everything, including intoxicating drink, to see if it satisfied. It did not. (Ecclesiastes 12:8)
Ecclesiastes 10:17 – A land is blessed when its leaders do not drink.
Isaiah 5:11-12 – Woe to those who get up early to drink and stay up late at night to get drunk.
Isaiah 5:22 – Woe to “champion” drinkers and “experts” at mixing drinks.
Isaiah 19:14 – Drunken men stagger in their vomit.
Isaiah 22:12-13 – The Israelites choose to drink; their future looks hopeless to them.
Isaiah 24:9 – Drinkers cannot escape the consequences when God judges.
Isaiah 28:1 – God pronounces woe on the drunkards of Ephraim.
Isaiah 28:3 – Proud drunkards shall be trodden down.
Isaiah 28:7 – Priests and prophets stagger and reel from beer and wine, err in vision, and stumble in judgment.
Isaiah 28:8 – Drinkers’ tables are covered with vomit and filth.
Isaiah 56:9-12 – Drinkers seek their own gain and expect tomorrow to be just like today.
Ezekiel 44:21 – God instructed the priests not to drink wine.
Daniel 1:5-17 – Daniel refused the king’s intoxicating wine and was blessed for it along with his abstaining friends.
Daniel 5:4 – Drinking wine was combined with praising false gods.
Hosea 4:11 – Intoxicating wine takes away intelligence.
Hosea 7:5 – God reproves princes for drinking.
Joel 1:5 – Drunkards awake to see God’s judgment.
Joel 3:3 – The enemy is judged for selling girls for wine.
Amos 2:8 – Unrighteous acts of Israel included the drinking of wine which had been taken for the payment of fines.
Amos 2:12 – Israel is condemned for forcing Nazarites to drink wine.
Micah 2:11 – Israelites are eager to follow false teachers who prophesy plenty of intoxicating drinks.
Nahum 1:10 – The drunkards of Nineveh will be destroyed by God.
Habakkuk 2:5 – A man is betrayed by wine.
Habakkuk 2:15 – Woe to him that gives his neighbor drink.
Habakkuk 2:16 – Drinking leads to shame.
Matthew 24:48-51 – A drinking servant is unprepared for his Lord’s return.
Luke 1:15 – John the Baptist drank neither grape juice nor wine.
Luke 12:45 – Christ warned against drunkenness.
Luke 21:34 – Drunkenness will cause a person not to be ready for the Lord’s return.
Romans 13:13 – Do not walk in drunkenness or immorality.
Romans 14:21 – Do not do anything that will hurt your testimony as a believer.
1 Corinthians 5:11 – If a Christian brother is a drinker, do not associate with him.
1 Corinthians 6:10 – Drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God
Galatians 5:21 – Acts of the sinful nature, such as drunkenness, will prohibit a person from inheriting the kingdom of God.
Ephesians 5:18 – In contrast to being drunk with wine, the believer is to be filled with the Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:6-7 – Christians are to be alert and self-controlled, belonging to the day. Drunkards belong to the night and darkness.
1 Timothy 3:2-3 – Bishops (elders) are to be temperate, sober, and not near any wine.
1 Timothy 3:8 – Deacons are to be worthy of respect and not drinkers.
1 Timothy 3:11 – Deacons’ wives are to be temperate and sober.
Titus 2:2-3 – The older men and older women of the church are to be temperate and not addicted to wine.
1 Peter 4:3-4 – The past life of drunkenness and carousing has no place in the Christian’s life


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