Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
In the Bible, the words “wine” and “strong drink” (or “intoxicating drink”) are used to describe alcoholic beverages. This proverb reminds us of the inherent danger of the abuse of alcohol—overindulgence causes human beings to lose their inhibitions and behave in ways that can be dangerous and negatively affect their lives.
In Proverb 20:1 we are given the example of brawling or violent behavior as a result of drinking too much. This can include violent physical actions (such as physical abuse or a tendency toward picking a fight) or verbal abuse (hateful words spoken to hurt and demean another person). This often happens toward a spouse or family member, causing serious damage to relationships.
The point of the verse: If you drink, drink responsibly. Drunkenness is a sin that can cause destructive results in a person’s life (Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 6:10). Even just blurred judgment can lead to devastating consequences in today’s society. Many people’s lives have been damaged or destroyed by a drunken driver’s impaired ability. Many marriages and families have been broken due to harsh, uncaring and abusive words.
If drinking too much is a problem you struggle with, study the Bible on the topic, pray, fast and seek professional help.
For more guidance on how to defeat an addiction to alcohol, read our article on “Alcoholism.”
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