The Evil Effects of Alcoholic Beverages

Proverbs 20:1

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”

Here the Bible warns against drinking fermented, alcoholic grape juice (“wine”), which causes intoxication. Consuming beverages like alcoholic wine or other intoxicant substances have many perils. God does not want His children to be damaged or destroyed by their mischiefs.

Firstly, any intoxicant drink (like wine) mocks those who consume it. It will numb their minds, causing them to behave deliriously – raving, babbling, acting hysterically and irrationally.

Secondly, a strong drink like wine is “raging”. It causes a person to be raging. In other words, it causes a person to be unreasonable, loud, quarrelsome, uncontrolled, violent and brawling.

Thirdly, wine and suchlike beverages deceive those whom consume them to act foolishly. Such drinks numb people’s moral sensibility, deceiving them to do things that are sinful, foolish and hurtful.

So, we should never desire or consume alcoholic beverages, such as wine, beers, etc., that we be not mocked, nor become raging, nor be deceived.

Prabhudas Koshy