Proverbs 20:1-4 Drunken Mess

Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
    whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion;
    those who anger him forfeit their lives.
3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,
    but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 Sluggards do not plow in season;
    so at harvest time they look but find nothing.

Drunken Mess claims the following:

Just a few of the many dangerous effects of alcohol use in teens include the following:

Alcohol decreases teens’ ability to pay attention.

Teens who have experienced alcohol withdrawal tend to have difficulties with memory. 

In contrast to adults, teens tend to abuse alcohol with other substances, usually marijuana. 

Male teens who drink heavily tend to complete fewer years of education compared to male teens who do not. 

The younger a person is when they begin drinking, the more likely they are to develop a problem with alcohol. 

Each year, almost 2,000 people under the age of 21 years die in car crashes in which underage drinking is involved. Alcohol is involved in nearly half of all violent deaths involving teens. 

More than three times the number of eighth-grade girls who drink heavily said they have attempted suicide compared to girls in that grade who do not drink. 

Intoxication is associated with suicide attempts using more lethal methods, and positive blood alcohol levels are often found in people who complete suicide. 

Teens who drink are more likely to engage in sexual activity, have unprotected sex, have sex with a stranger, or be the victim or perpetrator of a sexual assault. 

Excess alcohol use can cause or mask other emotional problems, like anxiety or depression.

Drinking in excess can lead to the use of other drugs, like marijuana, cocaine, or heroin.

Talking to children about wisdom and orienting their lives toward God might help in many ways.


  1. What does drunken binging bring?
  2. What is a fool quick to do?
  3. What does a sluggard ironically look for at harvest?
  4. What percentages of youth do you think drink in your neighbourhood?
  5. What does alcohol promise that God actually delivers?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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