(Proverbs 31:7 KJV) Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
This seems to be really strange advice. It also gives us a clue to the problem with alcohol. Maybe it is more an observation than an endorsement. “Drink” (8354) to “forget” (7911). I have never been drunk but I spent a lot of time around drinking when I was in the Army. One of the things I noticed at the time was that people who had been drinking could not remember what had happened. One of my favorite conversations went like this.
“I had a really great time last night.”
“Oh, what did you do?”
“I don’t know. I can’t remember a thing, but I had a great time.”
What topped this off was that I could remember. I remembered seeing him laying in a ditch where he had passed out after emptying his stomach. No wonder he can’t remember.
So? I think the Bible wants us to keep in contact with reality. I don’t think this is giving us permission to get drunk but an observation of how some people hide from life.