This is an ongoing question for new Christians and a controversial one for older Christians. Many religions and Christian denominations forbid it completely and expose it as a ‘work of the devil’. Others accept drinking wine as a traditional beverage before a meal.
Let’s see what the Bible has to say about drinking wine.
In John 2:3 we read about Jesus’ first miracle and that He made good wine to drink at the wedding feast at the request of His mother. So, we learn that drinking wine at a meal or for a special occasion such as a wedding is acceptable because Jesus who is our example, not only drank wine at the wedding feast but made good wine when the old ran out.
Ephesians 5:18 warns us, however, not to drink so much wine that we get drunk, and in 1 Timothy 3:3 it says not to allow ourselves to become addicted to wine. And again, in 1 Timothy 5:23 we are instructed to drink a little wine when our stomach is upset or when we are not well.
Paul also says in Romans 13:13 that we are not to get drunk with wine, and in 1 Corinthians 5:11 Christians are instructed not to keep company with people who get drunk.
So, to drink a glass of wine with a meal or at a feast is acceptable to God. Getting drunk on the wine or becoming addicted to it or hanging around people who live to drink, is what God tells us not to do.