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In the Old Testament the drinking of wine was condemned. What is the Church’s viewpoint concerning alcohol, and how do we reconcile to the miracle at the Wedding of Cana of Galilee and to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Gospel of St. Luke 7:34 "The Son of Man has come eating and drinking and you say, 'look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.'"

In the miracle at the wedding of Cana of Galilee, the Holy Bible does not mention that our Lord drank wine. As for the Holy Gospel of St. Luke 7:34 Jesus did not say "a glutton and a winebibber" about himself.  These were false accusations by the Pharisees. Christ was comparing His life with that of St. John the Baptist. Our Lord lived an ordinary life in the city, while St. John lived in the wilderness eating locusts and wild honey. The very same men that had depicted St. John the Baptist as wild, because he came neither eating nor drinking, had also  unjustly depicted our Lord Jesus  as corrupt in his morals, because He came eating and drinking with sinners.

Regarding the Church’s viewpoint in relation to alcohol drinking; the Church does not say drinking alcohol is sinful but the abuse of alcohol is sinful. Although this is the position of the church, it advocates complete abstinence from drinking because the possibility of abuse is usually very high.
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