(Proverbs 23:33 KJV) Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
Off the top of my head I can’t think of anything good that Proverbs has to say about alcoholic beverages and it is full of warnings. It is like the pocket knife I carry. It has its uses and its times. I like to keep it with me. It is a tool, not a toy.
Booze is similar. It has a sharp edge and can cut. The cut can be fatal. It can be misused and is potentially dangerous. Does that mean we ban them? Not really. I remember a day when every little boy had a pocket knife with him at school. We played games with them during recess. The potential for problems was there but the risk was worth it.
So? I accept that alcohol has a use and a place. I also accept that it is very dangerous if not handled with caution. Maturity is full of these kinds of issues. I am glad that God has chosen to entrust us with decision making ability.