Mickey Mantle was a great baseball player, but he did not live up to his potential as an athlete or as a human being because of his excessive drinking. Late in his life, Mantle admitted that he had abused alcohol for 42 years, and spoke of how it had an adverse effect on his life.
Mantle’s drinking clouded his thinking and robbed him of his peace of mind. It diminished his skills as a baseball player and cut short his career. It messed up his relationship with his sons. Alcohol destroyed his health and took years off of his life.
There is a good reason that the Bible often warns us against drunkenness. It’s not because God doesn’t want us to have a good time. It’s because God wants us to have a good life.
“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”—Ephesians 5:18