Beverage alcohol is the number one drug problem in the USA. The Devil’s favorite liquids include: beer, wine, whisky, brandy, vodka, tequila, gin, rum, etc. Proverbs 20:1 says, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise”. Some of the consequences of alcohol use include: diseased bodies, crime, divorces, fear, beatings, shame, humiliation, fetal alcohol syndrome, cirrhosis of the liver, broken homes, neglected children, murder, robbery, rape, poverty, homelessness, murder, and multiplied millions of souls lost in Hell. According to NHTSA in 2011, 9,878 people were killed in auto crashes involving alcohol, an average of one every 53 minutes. Many more are injured in crashes involving alcohol. When the harm done by drinking is so prevalent and obvious, what makes one want to defend such a sinful practice?
Those who wish to drink alcohol will go to almost any length to justify the use of it. Habakkuk 2:15 says, “Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbor.” A person drinks alcohol because of the effects it has on his body. Some in trying to justify “social drinking” argue that a little drinking is not wrong. But you cannot do wrong in moderation. One cannot lie or steal in moderation. One cannot commit adultery every now and then and still go to heaven. Drunkenness is
wrong and is a matter of degree of intoxication. If five drinks will make one “sot drunk”; one drink certainly impairs to some degree. One is simply more incapacitated than the other. Alcohol is a narcotic drug requiring more and more consumption to satisfy the craving it creates. Even a small amount is sufficient to start deadening the control centers in the brain. Isa. 28:7 says, “But they also have erred through wine, and through intoxicating drink.”