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SHORT ANSWER: The Bible does not prohibit the use / consumption of alcohol; however, there are many warnings about the loosening of morals that can occur if one drinks too much. While intellectual honesty demands this answer, this question should also be met with the examination of ones’ self and his/her motives. WHY do I want to drink alcohol? What is the purpose? What is the goal? Can I praise and thank God for the consumption of this liquid? As with all things, please immerse yourself in fasting and prayer before reaching a conclusion.
Finally, the New Testament not only mentions sin, it also mentions convictions (Romans 14). While it may not be a sin to consume alcohol per se, the Holy Spirit may lead you to not to drink any. And if I may… add to your fasting and prayer a life led by the Spirit! Ephesians 5:18!
LONG ANSWER: As mentioned above, I do not find any prohibition to consume alcohol in the Bible. Why do I say that?
In the Old Testament we see three major types of laws set before us: Moral, Ceremonial, and Judicial (a few may fairly be called “Civil”). The law is our guide on what is called sin, and the breaking of the law is sin. All the ceremonial and judicial requirements of the law have been fulfilled in Christ (Romans 10:4); however, we are still obligated as Christians and to follow the moral law (Colossians 3:5-6). Keeping this in mind…
While we see prohibitions against homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13), fornication (Leviticus 18), adultery (Deuteronomy 22:22)(all violations of the Moral law), and many other such things, we see no similar outlawing of the consumption of alcohol. Therefore, it would be a dishonest interpretation to say it is a sin.
With that said, let us flip this same coin and show the other side. While there is no explicit prohibition in the Bible, the Old and New Testaments do have many warnings against having too much “strong drink”. (Proverbs 20:1; 23:21, Romans 13:13, 1 Corinthians 5:11; 6:1 are some examples)
The simple truth is that when people drink too much, they do things they might not do when sober. There is a loosening of the morals that occurs. People often become loud, rude, violent, etc.
Consider the words of Proverbs 31:4-7, “ It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:  Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.  Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.  Let him drink, and forget his
poverty, and remember his misery no more.”
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