19 Bible Verses Against Drinking Alcohol

This Bible Verses Against Drinking Alcohol shed light on the debate different Christians from different denominations have regarding the consumption of alcohol in the Bible.

I encourage you to consider each one of them carefully.

1 |  Noah got drunk and brought dishonor on himself and death to his family.

Noah dedicated himself to cultivating the land, and planted a vineyard.

One day, he drank wine and got drunk, staying naked inside his tent.

Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked about him and went to tell his brothers, who were outside.

Then Shem and Japheth took a cloak, threw it over their shoulders, and walking backwards covered the nakedness of his father.

Since they were looking in the opposite direction, they did not see him naked.

When Noah awoke from his drunken stupor and found out what his youngest son had done to him, he declared:

“Cursed be Canaan! It will be of the two brothers of him the lowest of the slaves of him ».

| Genesis 9:20-25

2 | Priests could not drink wine before ministering

Neither you nor your children must drink wine or liquor when you enter the Tent of Meeting, or you will die.

This is a perpetual statute for your descendants.

| Leviticus 10:9

3 | Nazirites (people consecrated to God) were not to drink wine

You should refrain from wine and other fermented beverages.

He will not drink vinegar of wine or other fermented drink; he will also not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins.

| Numbers 6:3

4 | God promised to prosper the vineyards of the Israelites

He will love you, multiply you and bless the fruit of your womb, and also the fruit of the land that he swore to your ancestors that he would give them.

That is, he will bless the wheat, the wine and the oil, and the young of your cattle and the lambs of your flocks.

| Deuteronomy 7:13

5 | The Israelites were to drink some of their wine before God

In the presence of the Lord your God you shall eat the tenth part of your wheat, your wine and your oil, and of the firstborn of your herds and flocks; you will do it in the place where he decides to live.

| Deuteronomy 14:23

6 | The gluttonous and drunk children, who did not repent, should die

If anyone has a stubborn and rebellious son, that he does not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and having punished him, he does not obey them; then his father and his mother will take him, and bring him out before the elders of his city, and at the gate of the place where he lives; and they will say to the elders of the city: This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he does not obey our voice; he is gluttonous and drunk.

Then all the men of his city will stone him, and he will die; so you will remove the evil from among you, and all Israel will hear, and will fear.

| Deuteronomy 21: 18 – 21

7 | Ammon, son of David, was killed when he was drunk

This, for his part, had given instructions to his servants:

«I did not lose an eye on Amnon. And when the wine has risen I will give you the signal to attack, and you will kill him. Do not be afraid, because I am the one who gives you the order. Cheer up; be brave.”

| 2 Samuel 13:28

8 | The drunk commits nonsense

Wine leads to insolence, and intoxicating drink to scandal; no one under its effects behaves wisely!

| Proverbs 20:1

9 & 10| Drunkenness brings perpetual poverty

He who loves pleasure will remain in poverty; he who loves wine and perfumes will never be rich.

| Proverbs 21:17

Another example:

Do not associate with those who drink a lot of wine, nor with those who gorge themselves on meat, because drunk and gluttonous, because of their indolence, they end up ragged and poor.

| Proverbs 23:20

11 | Leaders should not drink alcohol

It is not proper for kings, O Lemuel, it is not proper for kings to indulge in wine, nor for rulers to indulge in liquor, lest by drinking they forget what the law commands and deprive all oppressed of their rights. .

| Proverbs 31: 4-5

12 | Those who please God can temperately enjoy the fruit of their efforts

Come on, eat your bread with joy!

Drink your wine with good cheer, for God has already been pleased with your works!

| Ecclesiastes 9:7

13 | The Lord Jesus occasionally drank some kind of wine

The Son of man came, eating and drinking, and you say: ‘This is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’

| Luke 7:34

14 | It is better not to drink wine if this is a cause of stumbling for the brothers

It is better not to eat meat or drink wine, or do anything that will cause your brother to fall.

| Romans 14:21

15 | Drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God

Neither thieves, nor misers, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

| 1 Corinthians 6:10

16 | Instead of drinking wine, we should seek the spiritual

Do not get drunk with wine, which leads to debauchery.

Rather, be filled with the Spirit.

| Ephesians 5:18

17, 18 & 19 | Ministers of the early church were not to drink much wine

Deacons, likewise, must be honorable, sincere, not fond of too much wine nor greedy of ill-gotten gains.

| 1 Timothy 3:8

Another example:

The bishop is in charge of God’s work, and therefore he must be blameless: not arrogant, angry, drunk, violent, or greedy for ill-gotten gain.

| Titus 1:7


To the old women, teach them to be reverent in their conduct, and not slanderers or addicted to much wine. They must teach the good.

| Titus 2:3

If you want a complementary reading for this Bible Verses Against Drinking Alcohol, I encourage you to read the book: Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions by Gerald G. May.

Also, please read our blog post answering the questions: Does The Bible Condemn Drinking Alcohol? Containing more Bible Verses Against Drinking Alcohol.

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