One has only to examine the Bible to find abundant references condemning the use of alcoholic beverages. In fact, if the preacher is to stick to his Bible, preach the whole truth, and be fair to the Word of God, he MUST preach against alcohol.

In the following list are scores of direct references, comprising a total of one hundred and sixty two verses. This is more scripture than will be found on the subject of lying, adultery, swearing, Sabbath-breaking, pride, cheating, stealing, hypocrisy or even blasphemy.

Genesis 9:20-26The first drunkenness and the attendant immoral behavior.
Genesis 19:30-38Drinking results in Lot's debauchery and incest of his own daughters.
Genesis 27:25Isaac was drinking when he mistakenly blessed Jacob.
Leviticus 10:9An express command not to drink.
Numbers 6:3The vow of the Nazarite.
Deuteronomy 21:20Drinking leads to stubbornness, rebellion, gluttony which brings dishonor to parents.
Deuteronomy 29:2-6Abstinence assures a closer walk with God.
Judges 13:4,7,14Samson's mother, an example of all womanhood, was commanded not to drink. Was alcohol recognized even then as harmful to the growing baby?
1 Samuel 1:14-15Hannah, an example of honored motherhood, refrained from drinking wine.
1 Samuel 25:32-38Nabal, a rich but churlish man who opposed David, died after a drunken spree. He had already lost his wife's respect.
2 Samuel 11:13By having Uriah plied with strong drink, David attempted to cover his own sin.
2 Samuel 13:28-29Ammon, in a drunken brawl, was murdered by his brother, Absalom.
1 Kings 16:8-10While a king was "drinking himself drunk" in his own home, one of his captains conspired against him and slew him.
1 Kings 20:12-21Drink and war - while Ben Hadad and thirty-two other kings were drinking in their pavilions, a small band of Israel's men fell upon the Syrians and put them to flight.
Esther 1:5-12Drink wrecks homes and separates man and wife. At a week's feast of food and wine, King Ahasuerus drunkenly tried to subject his queen to the beastly gaze of inebriated nobles, causing separation of the royal husband and wife.
Job 1:18-19The children of Job were feasting and drinking when blown away in a cyclone.
Proverbs 4:17Violence results from drinking.
Proverbs 20:1No wise man will indulge.
Proverbs 21:17He that loveth wine is not rich.
Proverbs 23:21Drinking leads to poverty.
Proverbs 23:29-30Strong drink produces sorrow, contentions, wounds without cause, babbling, and redness of eyes.
Proverbs 23:31Do not be tempted by intoxicants.
Proverbs 23:32God's Word warns that liquor eventually harms all who drink.
Proverbs 23:33It fills men's minds with adulterous and impure thoughts.
Proverbs 23:33It produces willfulness and prevents reformation.
Proverbs 23:34Drink brings insecurity.
Proverbs 23:35Insensibility follows drinking, rendering a man as a clod.
Proverbs 23:35Drinking is habit-forming. One drink calls for another.
Proverbs 31:4-5Kings and all other rulers or officials with the weight of human lives in their control should not indulge.
Proverbs 31:6-7The only sanction for the use of strong drink was as a medicine or anesthetic for those about to die. We now know better medicines and anesthetic than whiskey, wine, or beer.
Ecclesiastes 2:3; 12:8The writer of Ecclesiastes tried strong drink, but in the end was forced to admit that it too is vanity
Ecclesiastes 10:17Blessings are promised to the temperate and abstaining nation.
Isaiah 5:11-12Woe comes to the drunkards.
Isaiah 5:22More woes to them that drink.
Isaiah 22:13Drinking and carnality go together and leave men hopeless.
Isaiah 24:9Drink is bitter to them that drink it.
Isaiah 28:1Woe comes to the drunkard of Ephraim.
Isaiah 28:3The pride of drunkards will be trodden down.
Isaiah 28:7Prophets and priests erred through drink.
Isaiah 28:7Those who drink are set aside as useless.
Isaiah 28:7Prophets and priests are finally swallowed up by drink.
Isaiah 28:7Drinking brings on spiritual blindness.
Isaiah 56:9-12A rebuke to drinking church members, his watchmen.
Jeremiah 35: 5-6, 8, 14Total abstinence of the Rechabites cited as an example of obedience on the part of God's people.
Ezekiel 44:21Priests are not to drink wine.
Daniel 1:5,8,16; 10:3God honored Daniel because he abstained from the king's wine. Daniel, the man, was true to the home training he had received as a boy.
Daniel 5:1Belshazzar exhibited as an example of a leader who drank and taught his people to drink.
Daniel 5:2,23This was a nation whose women drink.
Daniel 5:5-9,25-28Ruin and downfall for nations whose rulers and leaders cause them to drink.
Daniel 5:3Balshazzar's sacrilege in using sacred temple vessels for liquor.
Hosea 3:1Part of Hosea's wife's degradation was induced by drink.
Hosea 4:11Strong drink and immorality go hand in hand.
Hosea 7:5The King and people reproved because of drinking.
Joel 1:5Drunkards are to awake from their drinking.
Joel 3.3Young virtue sold for the price of drink.
Amos 2:8Wine is the drink of the condemned.
Amos 1:12Drink is the pollution of the innocent.
Amos 4:1Dissolute women and oppressors of the poor call for their liquor.
Amos 6:6Drinkers are not concerned about God nor the welfare of others.
Nahum 1:10Drunkards will be destroyed.
Habakkuk 2:5Arrogance is inflamed by drink.
Habakkuk 2:15It is wrong to give one's neighbor drink - no social drinking.
Habakkuk 2:16Drink leads to shame and humiliation.
Matthew 24:48-51Drunkards warned about the return of Christ and His judgment.
Luke 1:15Greatness of John the Baptist linked with his total abstinence.
Luke 12:45Christ warns against being enmeshed in drunken evils.
Luke 21:34Warning against drunkenness and the cares of this life, keeping one occupied to the exclusion of the Spirit.
Romans 13:13All are admonished to walk honestly, not in rioting and drunkenness. It is not honest to be less than men, created in the image of God.
Romans 14:21Drinking causes a brother to stumble. Importance of example.
1 Corinthians 6:10No drunkard shall inherit the kingdom of God. (Therefore the preaching of the Gospel must include preaching against the use of alcohol.)
1 Corinthians 11:25The Lord's Supper no place for wine. Word "wine" not even used. Instead all accounts say "the cup" or "fruit of the vine."
Galatians 5:21Revelers in drunkenness shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Ephesians 5:18Direct command that exhilaration shall be of the Spirit and not by wine.
1 Thessalonians 5:7Sobriety enjoined upon the Thessalonians. Children of light must not be overcome by darkness.
1 Timothy 3:3,8,11-12Church officers must not drink; neither should their families.

Written by Pastor Barney Lee
West Seneca, New York