7 Bible Verses For An Alcoholic To Study

7 Bible Verses For An Alcoholic To Study October 6, 2015

Everyone has hurts, habits and hang-ups in their lives. These can often lead people to drink or do drugs in order to numb the pain. Celebrate Recovery is one amazing Christian program that helps people with all sorts of addictions find freedom and deliverance from these types of issues. Here in this article, though, I would like to address those who struggle with alcoholism. God is bigger than our problems, and he can help us overcome any challenges we face. With this in mind, here are 7 Bible verses for an alcoholic to study.

Proverbs 23:21 “…for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.”

God made everything, including wine and other alcoholic beverages. On their own they are just another drink for individuals to enjoy. Unfortunately, they can also be abused, and this can lead to all sorts of addictions and problems. This verse reminds us of the pitfalls of drinking or eating too much, as anything done in excess can lead to “rags” and ruin. Whenever we let something else control our lives, then we will be headed straight for trouble.

Romans 13:13 “Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.”

Many non-Christians often believe that following Jesus means that we have to obey all sorts of rules and commandments. Nonetheless, verses like this one are not meant to restrict or harm us, but rather they are written to help us avoid harmful and even dangerous behavior. God loves us so much that he wants us to walk in peace, in health and in joy—not in addictions or as slaves to anything.

Galatians 5:1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

This is a great verse for an alcoholic to study, because it describes the freedom that we can have in Christ. Addictions of any sort—drugs, pornography, food, fear, alcohol, to name a few—enslave and hold captive everyone under their power. But the Lord reminds us here that Christ came to set us free. In other words, freedom is possible and available to anyone who calls on the name of the Lord. We no longer need to be controlled by anything other than our love for God.

Galatians 5:21 “…envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

No one wants to be told what to do or what not to do, as our human nature demands we be “in charge” of our own lives. The problem is that sin entangles us, and we then become slaves to our own desires and harmful addictions. How many families as well as individual lives have been broken or damaged because of alcoholism? So the Lord is pointing out here that things like envy and drunkenness not only hurt us personally, but they can also keep us out of the kingdom of God because our focus is on the wrong thing.

Ephesians 5:18 “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit…”

Bible Verses For alcoholics to Study

As I mentioned before, drinking alcoholic beverages is not necessarily a sin, but the problem comes when it is abused or imbibed to excess. When a person gets drunk, they are giving up control of their faculties. The apostle Paul clearly commands us not to get drunk here for that very reason. He also gives us an excellent alternative—be filled with the Holy Spirit who brings us life, hope, wisdom, and peace in its place.

James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

I believe that Christianity is not a religion, but rather it is a call to have a relationship with almighty God. He wants us to commune with him, and be set free from anything that would hurt us. This verse is a great one to study, because it gives us specific and very helpful steps to follow in order to free ourselves from any addictions and strongholds in our lives. Confessing our sins and praying for each other will bring healing and deliverance.

I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Even though we are weak and frail sinners, God’s love is faithful and firm. In our darkest hours he comes through for us, as he restores our hope and our lives. He forgives our sins and cleanses us from the consequences of our actions, when we turn our lives over to him. All we need to do is confess our sins to him, and then he forgives our darkest deeds. That is such great news!


No matter what habit, hurt or addiction we might be struggling with, God is bigger than our problems. He is always willing and eager to help deliver us from our pain and struggles. All we need to do is confess our sins, and ask him into our hearts to be our Lord and Savior. Once this is done, then he frees us from the slavery of alcoholism or whatever else may hold us captive. He is faithful and good all the time.

Written by Karla Hawkins

I am very grateful to be a Christian author, editor and translator. Some of my favorite pastimes include traveling, and connecting with family and friends via social media. When I am not working, I love spending time with my family and especially with both of my precious grandsons.

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  • pud

    Alcohol addiction is no different than religious cult addiction or any other weak will addiction. Being hooked on drugs or booze is exactly the same as being hooked on jesus. All are attempts to circumvent dealing with reality, problems, mental and emotional failings. I always loved the line from a movie…”I was once all messed up on drugs..now I’m all messed up on the lord” LOL Your master/slave relationship is sick. Do you make people in need beg you before you lend a hand?

    • Doug Barron

      Why, mr. pud are you so addicted to hating Jesus and his followers?
      What deep need does it satisfy in you? This is quite fascinating. Do you derive sexual satisfaction from mentally or physically masturbating over your snide trollish replies to any article concerning anything religion? Is this why you have chosen a common grade school name for a phallus as your pen name? Just wondering…

      • pud

        I don’t “hate” “jesus” because he never existed. If he did I would just as I would hate anyone who spreads lies and cons people. I don’t “hate” “followers” I have contempt for you because you drag humanity down and backwards with your ignorance, stupidity and superstition.

        The rest of your comment is similar to others you have made that only demonstrates the depth of your insanity.

        • Doug Barron

          Your reply is not sufficient, if you are in honest debate.
          Your spite and open hatred toward anything to do with the Creator, Jesus is very evident. And as to your reference to myself being insane; if I am, why are you conversing with me?
          Do you enjoy conversing with “insane” people?
          Is this how you derive the bulk of your entertainment?
          If I am truly insane, and you are not just looking to insult someone by asserting your self supposed intellectualism, why are you debating, and insulting those who you deem to be truly insane? Isn’t that also a form of insanity; the inmates of the Assylum taunting each other, claiming, “your’e crazy, and I’m not”?

          • Doug Barron

            Well? No answer?

          • SJ

            Don’t feed pud….you know those signs you see in zoos about not feeding the animals apply to him, too.

            I’m convinced the more attention he gets the worse he gets like a bad child who does bad things and acts out for attention whenever mommy is on the phone.

            The way you stop the bad attention behavior is you cut off attention to it.

            If he’s going to go around making negligent accusations that have no basis in reality then we shouldn’t encourage it by paying attention to him.

            Remember the post where he compared faith to addiction. They have nothing in common.

            Faith is belief based.

            Alcoholism though sometimes has a genetic basis and that’s why it runs in families and you have to find people that aren’t alcoholics to spend time around to get away from it. It’s not a problem of the will that can’t be resolved. You just have to resolve to do differently. It’s just a pitfall of the flesh that you have to be mindful to steer around.

          • Doug Barron

            I know….! Sometimes I just can’t resist it! It’s so fun.
            Sorry, my flesh getting in the way of the Spirit.
            Thanks for reminding me to be more like our friend; “Crazy Pastor Jack”!
            I admire his ability to hold a straight face when picked on by a 4th. grader! 🙂

          • SJ

            I’m really almost done posting online. I think the nature of forums and blogs is such that they are geared to only one group at a time. When multiple groups come into contact they are bound to clash. I’ve seen this in other forums. Forums are designed for homogeneity in belief systems or interests. Not to accomadate debate because online debates cannot be moderated adequately and people with issues like to let loose on people who think differently from them. I think some people think it is legitimate to browbeat others into agreeing with them but people aren’t ethical enough to be engaging in that.

            Christians should be more separate from the world online than we are.

            Look at 2 Cor. 6:

            2 Cor. 6, The Message

            We can’t evangelize online the way we can out in the real world. The online world is very different.

          • Doug Barron

            Yes, this type of forum is not for everyone. This, as with any forum, can be very hard to understand. Some people thrive on trying to bait others to respond to acid attacks..thinking that they acheive their agendas.
            Our Pastor Jack needs to know that others are in his corner. I don’t always agree with him doctrinally, theologically, but I am standing by his side. He is honest in his presentation, and analysis of the subject at hand, in light of scripture. I respect that.
            Yes, Mr. PUD is a schoolyard bully. I am a big guy. I will stand up to defend Pastor Jack from schoolyard bullies, ’cause that is what Sons of our living Father, and His Son Jesus do. I have never met Pastor Jack; don’t need to. I have analyzed his posts. ‘Nuff said. I am defending him.
            I am sick and tired of Jesus’ believer’s retreating to their bunkers because things become difficult.
            Paul, one of Mr.PUD’S” alledged “insanes,”did not back up! Nor will I. This is my position paper. I just will not go away.
            As much as PUD reviles, I will love. As much as Mr. PUD cuts, I will respond as a laughing parent does to any parent does to a child throwing a tantrum fit, trying to get attention, and affection, albeit, in a very misplaced, misdirected manner.
            If you wish to get off of the ship, it is pulling up to the dock. The Holy Spirit may be calling you to anorher field of endeavor. So be it. Again, this ocean is cold and is harsh. But, it is also teeming with life, and fish. This is where I am called to be.
            I rise in the defense of the expositors that are willing to stick thier necks out.
            Shalom! :)!

          • SJ

            Well good luck to you then and God Bless!

        • Doug Barron

          You don’t hate me, so you love me. I am excited! How will you show it?
          I need 23,000.00$. Do you love me enough to send me a cashier’s check?
          Love you too!

          • Jonald Duck

            I’ll give u the money… at least once my pyramid scheme takes off.

  • SJ

    Esther Mui’s Praise Song

    Psalm 34:1 King James Version
    I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

  • Doug Barron

    My dear, have you ever been addicted to something?

    • pud

      I would wager you have a long long list of addictions

      • Doug Barron

        I would wager that you are right! (I’m such a showoff)!
        There is SO much my Father, Abba has delivered me from!
        Well, there. My butt is exposed at your behest; now your turn!

        • Jonald Duck

          EEEEEEEWWWWWWW!!!! Ur but is exposed?!? YUCK!

    • John. F Kennedy


    • Jonald Duck

      Well, let’s just say that I’m not aloud within 50 feet of a school anymore. 🙂

  • Lisa Smith

    I am so glad M Karla share this aps on Alcoholic cause as a Christian I still drinks party enjoy myself but sometimes my alcohol gets really out of control where I say things 2 hurt others do things to hurt others take things an don’t no why? also don’t remember nothing the next day which is not good. I’V been Dealing with some of these problem over 30 something years But still maintain to Love Talk 2 God Read my Bible Minster God words 2 others Bless others in time of need just a few good examples of Good things I Do But inside I feel so Guilty cause I Feel like am Living 2 lives I really want 2 live only one which is the Right One Gods Chosen One 4 us I Really need help an I am Never Giving up cause I no that God been Heard my Prayer the 1st time I ask him 2 deliver me the problem is part of me still wants 2 hold on 2 (Alcohol) even thou is tearing me up with Family Friends Job Life I Really Truly Want 2 b set Free 100%..Thanks everyone your comments an opinion is welcome good are bad its okay I understand as long as its the Truth GBU ILY One Love Psalm 23..Help us Lord ….

    • Jonald Duck


  • Doug Barron

    SJ, take a rest and ready for another day. Father bless you; Shalom!

    • Jonald Duck


  • kmw1958

    I believe your interpretation of Galatians 5:21 is a misrepresentation. You seem to be saying that our sin will keep us out of heaven. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. It is through Christ’s blood on the cross and God’s mercy and grace our sins are forgiven. We don’t become perfect and sin-free the moment we accept Christ. We are changed from glory to glory on a daily basis. None of us will be sin-free until the day we step into eternity. No one sin is greater than another and none of us are without sin. To tell an alcoholic battling addiction each day they won’t go to heaven because of it is cruel and untrue. If someone has placed their faith and trust in Christ they have secured their eternal position. If we have to earn our way to heaven then Christ’s blood and payment for our sin meant nothing and we are all doomed to an eternity in hell because none of us are good enough. All of us “focus on the wrong thing” during our lives. Maybe it’s money, foot, our job, TV, electronic devices, social media- the list could go on. According to your interpretation then all of that is sending all of us to hell! Any addiction be it those things I mentioned or alcoholism keep us from having the life God has intended for us here on earth and cause us and others great heartache, but if we have truly placed our trust in Christ, our eternal home is heaven.

  • Paul Fishman

    In addition to No sex and marriage in heaven (Matt 22:30), there will be NO alcohol in heaven, because we will have new glorified bodies as stated in I Cor 15:51-54 when we are either raised up or raptured. These new bodies incorrutable will be kept in eternity pure without the prescence of alcohol. It may be permissable in this life to have a little BUT not always expedient to do I Cor 6:12-13. This means we as Christians should be able to NOT drink any alcohol as NOT to be a stumbling block to others that are weak. Romans 14″13-17 & 21. We should be able with the grace of God to be able to abstain from any pleasure that may have an ability to be an addictive substance.

    • Jonald Duck

      Please don’t swear, my Mum checks my ipad.

      • Paul Fishman

        Just stating what is right.

        • Jonald Duck

          Wait. Ur alt right?!?! OMFG GUYS PLZ HELP THIS MAN NAZI!!!!!!!1!!11!!!!!!!!!1

        • John. F Kennedy

          That is unacceptable man, come on!