Today we have a legal definition of drunk as it relates to Blood Alcohol Content. For example, in California, a 185 pound person driving a commercial vehicle, having had two beers, is considered legally drunk. That sounds reasonable as nobody would want a tractor trailer rig behind them in 80 mph traffic where the driver has had a couple of drinks. The modern definition of drunk is important because of the activities we do. Flying a plane, driving a car or operating heavy machinery are things we dont like to associate with consuming alcohol. But, in Bible times, what would someone do? Crash their donkey? Their definition of drunk was different. Noah was the most righteous man on earth. He alone found grace. Yet, Noah drank alcoholic beverages for recreational purposes. He even got drunk on at least one occasion: he was passed out on the floor of his tent. The entire episode is presented in a negative light. So, is that the biblical definition of drunk? Or, was he drunk before he passed out? People living in Bible times were allowed, even encouraged (Deuteronomy 14:26) to drink. They drank wine and they drank strong drink. Their drinks were every bit as alcoholic as ours are. The fact is that even as few as one or two drinks will cause the drinker to feel the effects of the alcohol. The Lord recommended drinking alcohol which leads to the conclusion that the Lord endorsed the relaxing and tranquilizing effects of alcohol. Yet, He condemns drunkenness. What is that? In Proverbs 23 Solomon says, Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again. (Prov 23:29-35) He clearly describes someone with a drinking problem. That's a drunkard. The phrase tarry long means to stay near alcohol (drinking for long periods of time). It also mentions those that go to seek mixed wine. Wine was sometimes mixed with herbs which increased its potency. He talks about the drinker seeing strange things and getting sick, as one who is sea sick. They have beaten me and I didnt feel it. Proverbs 23 pretty accurately describes someone who is definitely wasted and, in modern times, even if he werent operating a motor vehicle, would still be arrested for public intoxication. Is that the definition of drunk? Noah was drunk, i.e. passed out. Lot got drunk, i.e. passed out. Is this the Bibles definition of drunk? Or did it occur at some point prior to passing out. The Bible allowed drinking. Thats obvious. Drinking even small quantities gives the drinker somewhat of a euphoric feeling. Therefore, the Bible allowed, even recommended, that tranquilizing or euphoric feeling. For example, Prov 31:6-7: Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. Again, Deuteronomy 14:26: And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household.. So, someplace between the euphoric feeling and passing out, drunk occurs. But where? The Bible allowed drinking. We assume the Lord allowed, and even recommended, the euphoric feeling that comes from alcohol. But the Bible also condemns drunkenness. So at what point between euphoria and passed out did drunk occur in Bible times? Im looking for your opinion. When he couldnt walk a straight line? When he couldnt walk?