drink alcohol?

ok, what is everybodys policy on alcohol, none at all?

i’m thinking none at all for me from now on, i’m very much in a period of change

do you drink alcohol?

what guidance does the bible give on this?

I probably average 2 drinks a week. I enjoy a glass of wine with a meal or when reading and a pint of Guinness is enjoyable under most circumstances. I must say I’ve never looked to the Bible to guide me in this – it’s been enough to think of my alcoholic mother and not do what she did. That has guided my relationship with alcohol for the last 30 years.

1Timothy 5:23 Stop drinking only water,but have a little wine for the sake of your stomach …]

My “policy” is drinking alcohol is fine in moderation. Being Drunk is a sin, so the key is to stop before one becomes drunk. It’s kind of like gluttony. Eating is fine, overeating is a sin.

That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that at all.

Yeap

What was the first miracle of Jesus? Hint: It happened at a wedding :smiley:

We’re Catholics… wine is Sacramental!

Drunkenness is a sin, but drinking in moderation is perfectly fine. :slight_smile:

Hey, if Our Lord had no problem drinking wine, then neither do I! And ah, wasn’t His First Miracle the changing of wataer into wine at the Wedding Feast at Cana? If drinking alcohol was a sin, Jesus Christ would certainly NOT encourage it by providing more!!!

On a more strictly Catholic note, I have also read that our Holy Father Benedict XVI is a good Bavarian who would enjoy a nice strong beer while sitting in front of a fire and chatting with friends.

judging from the Bible, from Noah to Jesus, the only problem with alchohol is drunkenness; conviviality, such as the many wine-fed dinners Christ attended beginning with but by no means limited to the wedding at Cana, social drinking is just all right with Him.

no I am on several meds which make drinking not an option

I drink on occasion (I’m Italian and it’s expected in some family settings) and I believe that if Jesus turned water into wine, there’s no sin in enjoying an alcoholic beverage. However, there are limits. Don’t drink with the intention of getting drunk (it’s one thing if you’re with family, etc. and you had a little more than you thought), don’t let it take over your life. Really, it should be a matter of conscience and discernment.

That said, I only drink in family settings right now because it’s the only thing that’s legal for my age (which isn’t right, in my opinion. If you’re going to be considered an adult, whether at 18 or 21, you should have all of the rights and responsibilities of being an adult. But that’s another debate for another time). When I’m older, I do intend to drink regularly and I see nothing wrong with it.

Now, for a good poem

"Where ere the Catholic sun doth shine
There’s always laughter and good red wine
At least I’ve always found it so,
Benedicamus, Domino!"
Hillaire Belloc

Oh yes, that is a good poem :slight_smile: Thank you for reminding me of it! I think I recall one of the priests on EWTN referencing this very poem of Belloc’s before!

I always take comfort in that fact that Jesus was accused of being a drunk.

For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ Luke 7:33-34

DH and I choose to completely abstain. We used to drink in the past and for US, it’s more about the example we are setting. We both work with kids and youth and we don’t want to set a bad example. Also, we both have a lot of medical issues in our genetics that are clearly enhanced by drinking alcohol. Lastly, I’m a cardiac nurse and I see way to many people with alcohol induced cardiomyopathy that may have only drank one or two drinks a week. It’s just not worth it to us. twk

Right now I don’t drink cos I am pregnant. My mom, my dad and my brother are all alcoholics - except me. My husband and I plan to not drink when our child is born, mostly due to my family situation. I don’t personally have a problem with responsible drinkers.

We might have a glass of wine if we are going out on a special occasion and the future kids are being babysat. I don’t plan on being drunk around them ever though.

I just turned 19 in Dec., which is the legal drinking age in Canada. I have since then discovered I enjoy the odd cooler, maybe one every other week at most. It’s really up to you whether you drink or not, just as long as you don’t get drunk. For me, one drink is enough to be ‘tipsy’ or ‘buzzed’, and I DO NOT want to have anymore than that. If you have kids, I’d be careful about the example you’ll set. My parents set a very good example for me, I think. They usually only had a bit of wine with supper, maybe a bit more on special occasions or on the weekends.

As long as your definition of drinking responsibly is not making sure you have someone to look after you when you’re drunk, I’d say you’re doing pretty good. (that was said slightly sarcastically, btw)

Yes, I drink alcohol…on family occassions. My favorite is Baileys and sometimes orange juice with a little gin (forgot what its called). :slight_smile:

I don’t see anything wrong in drinking alcohol as long as its only one or two (small) glasses only (and not filled up to the brim).

Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can actually be helpful as studies show it can raise up your good cholesterol.

We have to be aware, though, that too much of a good thing can be bad also. So we should never drink excessively.

We drink, in moderation. A glass of wine after kids are in bed. A mixed drink on occasion and for whatever reason right after having a baby I CRAVE beer. I don’t drink while pregnant or nursing (with one exception). After baby #3 my milk didn’t come in until day 10. :eek: The lactation specialist said that the hops help milk production. I did have a beer and I don’t know if it were that or mothers milk tea but it worked.

Like PP said, drinking is fine, drunkeness is not.

I think it’s a little odd to not drink to be a good example for your kids. I AM NOT TRYING TO START A FIGHT, simply giving my opinion. I came from a home where dad was an alcoholic and mom didn’t drink (dad only drank outside the home). So I had little exposure to alcohol, only it’s effects. I feel that if I model good behavior in drinking to my kids it is setting a good example of self control. Like modeling good eating patterns, prayer life, exercise etc. Just my :twocents:

We drink alcohol, in moderation as most of the other posters haved stated. I also agree if someone is not able to control their alcohol then they should cut themselves off.
I don’t think it is a sin if you choose to have a few drinks (in moderation) or if you choose not to drink at all.

I drinky maybe 1 to 2 drinks a week, usually beer, although I like wine and other drinks. I think alcohol is a good thing in moderation.

This is something I have given a lot of thought to, after having been married to an alcoholic. I wasn’t sure what the best example I could be setting for my children was. For the first year after I left my husband, I didn’t drink. Now, I have been introducing my kids to the concept of moderation. I think this has ended up being a good lesson for them, because they really did have a lot of confusion. So, we’ve had some good talks about how old you should be when you start drinking and what appropriate limits are.

It’s ironic you post this, because the American Heart Association also states that a glass of certain red wines per day, will help our heart and cholesterol levels. Interesting!

I don’t drink a whole lot–maybe a glass or two of wine per month, or every other month. I don’t drink beer–nor other alcohols, with the exception of rum in egg nog or Bailey’s at Christmas time. But, overall…alcohol makes me very sleepy–and I end up dragging the next day. I do however enjoy a nice glass of wine every once in a while…

I’m always suspicious of people who say they don’t drink. I’d be equally suspicious about someone who says they never eat dessert. :shrug:

I drink a few beers on the weekend, and a beer or two after dinner during the week.

Moderate alcohol consumption is defined, for women, as 1-2 drinks per day. Moderate alcohol consumption, for men, is defined as 2-3 drinks per day. That seems to be higher than what most people are posting here, more than likely because most posters are in America - a country with a history of tea-totaling. When one consumes within those defined rates, there is a significant boost in overall health (particularly for the heart). Consuming less than that is not linked to any health benefits, and in some cases is actually linked to worsened health. Moral of the story: Drink up! :slight_smile:

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