Religious Texts on the Use of Alcohol – I

Because alcohol has no significant health benefits, is a depressant and is an addictive substance even consumption of a small amount of alcohol is not to the benefit of the drinker.  The book of Proverbs (Bible) points out the danger of alcohol in these words:

“Who has woe?  Who has sorrow?  Who has strife? Who has complaining?  Who has wounds without cause?  Who has redness of eyes?  Those who linger late over wine, those who keep trying mixed wines.  Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly.  At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder.  Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind utter perverse things.  You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast.  ‘They struck me,’ you will say, ‘but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it.  When shall I awake?  I will seek another drink’” (Prov 23:29-35).


(to be continued)

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