With all due respect, I’ve come to see alcohol for what it is: a highly addictive, neurotoxic, i.e., poisonous, drug. It has ruined millions of lives and enabled immeasurable sin. I wonder if there’s any worthwhile writings speculating why Jesus would choose it when instituting the Eucharist?
I understand my view might seem one-sided and most believe moderate alcohol intake is normal and healthy–but I believe there’s a real case that it’s nothing but bad and arguably evil.
Ethanol itself tastes horrible and half a pint of it would kill you. The only reason to drink it is for the dopamine hit, same as any other drug. Its inebriating effects dull the mind and senses. This might make one feel “happy” or “relaxed” but only on a superficial level. Enjoying the taste stems purely from association.
Meanwhile, it’s addictive, leading to cravings, which multiply as tolerance builds. It results in drunkenness, sin, destroyed marriages, families, physical damage, financial loss. Just because it’s socially acceptable–and encouraged–doesn’t mean it’s right.
I believe the most effective way to quit it is to demonize it–but that’s where the concept of the consecrated wine throws me off.