Drinking is one of those things that many Christiansí opinions differ on. I believe that God doesnít have a problem with Ďdrinkingí, His problem is with excess.
The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, Behold, a Man Who is a glutton and a wine drinker, a friend of tax collectors and notorious sinners.
Luke 7:34 AMP
Jesus drank wine, yet he led a life that was sin free. It isnít sinning to drink, as long as you donít go past your limit. If you donít know where to stop, then donít start. If this means you stop drinking altogether, then so be it. If you drink too much you make yourself vulnerable, not only in the flesh but also in the spirit. You are pushing God away from yourself. Your body is a temple for Him and you are defiling it.
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor 6:9-11 NIV
I know this is a big chunk, but it pretty much covers it. Godís kingdom can extend to every area of your life. It isnít just Heaven. If you are a drunkard, or any of the other things mentioned, you arenít accepting your inheritance of the kingdom of God. Itís there for you, but in effect you are pushing it away. This isnít to say you can only be a part of Godís kingdom if you have never been drunk. In verse 11, it shows even if that was you, you have been washed because of our Redeemer Ė Jesus Ė and the Spirit of God.
When you are drunk you do things you wouldnít always normally do. You take more risks. You make more mistakes. God wants what is best for us, and He knows better than anyone how much the consequences may hurt us. You donít have to put yourself into that position.
I have seen friends make mistakes, and I have seen many consequences. It hurts me to see my friends do those things, so how much does it hurt our God who loves us more than we can ever understand? No matter how much you try to convince yourself otherwise, every action has consequences, for us and others.
People think it is Ďnormalí to go and get drunk, but you are damaging your body, mind and spirit. Even if it is Ďnormal,í should we as Christians do this? No! People should be able to tell there is something different about us from our actions. If we do stuff just because everyone else is, then what kind of example are we setting?
Don't drink too much wine, for many evils lie along that path; be filled instead with the Holy Spirit and controlled by him. Eph 5:18 TLB
Alcohol is a drug; it is addictive. You donít necessarily realise when you are addicted to something. God does. He wants us to only be addicted to one thing: Him! ďJust one glass more. It canít hurt can it?Ē - When alcohol tempts you, remember this verse:
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! 13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Cor 10:12-13 NIV
This doesnít mean God will knock the glass out of your hand so you canít drink it, it means he will provide strength for you to say no, you just have to accept it. It may mean that your friends laugh at you, or someoneís money was wasted Ė but itís worth it in the long run.