(Proverbs 20:1 KJV) Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
As I was reading this I found myself comparing the words used about the effects of too much alcohol. I would probably go further and say, any alcohol. The KJV says we are “deceived” (7686). The NASB says “intoxicated.” The ASV uses “ereth.” The CEV uses “makes a fool.” The Douay says “delighted.” I hate to say it but the NASB seems to have the weakest translation here. The idea is to go astray and miss the mark. Some would say this is one of the definitions of sin.
Be careful. It may be simplistic but it seems true: If I don’t take the first drink I will never take one too many. Of course we must admit that just because you don’t drink doesn’t mean you are wise but booze seems to rule it out altogether.
So? Be careful. Be moderate. I would say be a teetotaler, but that is my interpretation. Whatever your choice make sure it is not in conformity to the world.