Actually, in many Jewish areas, adult Jews (without drinking problems) are obliged to get drunk (tipsy drunk, anyway) on Purim, to celebrate the wonderful thing God did for them. So yeah, the Book of Esther cuts both ways. There is an official Talmud definition of how drunk is drunk enough: so drunk you can’t tell the difference between saying “Blessed is Mordecai” and “Cursed is Haman.”
Christians are never obliged to get drunk, though!
Wine was one of the basics of life in Mediterranean and Mideastern countries.
That said, It’s “wine that cheers both God and men.” (Judges 9:13)
“Give strong drink to them that are sad: and wine to them that are grieved in mind.” (Proverbs 31:6)
“Go, eat fat meats, and drink sweet wine, and send portions to them that have not prepared for themselves, because it is the holy day of the Lord; and be not sad, for the joy of the Lord is our strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
“Thou waterest the hills from thy upper rooms; the earth shall be filled with the fruit of thy works, bringing forth grass for cattle, and herb for the service of men; that thou mayst bring bread out of the earth, and that wine may cheer the heart of man; that he may make the face cheerful with oil, and that bread may strengthen man’s heart.” (Ps. 104:14-15)
One of the important OT texts for Christology and Communion comes from Proverbs 9:1-5:
Wisdom hath built herself a house, she hath hewn her out seven pillars. She hath slain her victims, mingled her wine, and set forth her table.
She hath sent her maids to invite to the tower, and to the walls of the city, "Whosoever is a little one, let him come to me."
And to the unwise she said, "Come, eat my bread, and drink the wine which I have mixed for you. Forsake childishness, and live, and walk by the ways of prudence."
Sirach isn’t accepted by all denominations, but it has a lot to say about the good and bad of wine use, especially in Sirach 31.
“How sufficient is a little wine for a man well taught! and in sleeping thou shalt not be uneasy with it, and thou shalt feel no pain.” (Sirach 31:22)
“…Wine taken with sobriety is equal life to men: if thou drink it moderately, thou shalt be sober.” (Sirach 31:32)
“Wine was created from the beginning to make men joyful, and not to make them drunk. Wine drunken with moderation is the joy of the soul and the heart. Sober drinking is health to soul and body.” (Sirach 31:35-37)
That “from the beginning” is very important, as it’s the same phrase Jesus uses about what is proper to marriage (staying married) and what is the work of hardhearted men (divorce).
Sirach also has a very nice verse about friendship:
“A new friend is like new wine. He shall grow old, and thou shalt drink with pleasure.” (Sirach 9:15)
This is a bit aside from the original poster’s question, though, which was about practices and teachings of various denominations and faiths. Sorry about that, and I’ll spare you more verses!