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For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.”



This word for “drunkenness” implies the consumption of a large quantity of wine. This is debauchery via drunkenness. “Drunkenness” comes from two words: overflow or bubble up and wine. The idea is to tie one on, to be stoned.

The Bible identifies drunkenness as a sin, not a disease. 

Prov 20:1, “Wine is a mocker,

Strong drink is a brawler,

And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”

1 Co 6:9-10, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”


Drunkenness is not a disease but a volitional sin. 


Inebriation is clearly a sin in the Bible. No doubt, certain people have a biological tendency toward drunkenness, but this does not preclude personal responsibility. 

We live in a victim-oriented society. The idea of being is a victim is that we are not responsible for what happens to us; something or someone else is responsible. As long as we use biological tendency as an excuse for drunkenness, we will delay recovery.