1 And the third day there
was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2 and Jesus also was bidden, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3 And when the wine failed, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
4 And Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
6 Now there were six waterpots of stone set there after the Jews' manner of purifying, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the ruler of the feast. And they bare it.
9 And when the ruler of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and knew not whence it was (but the servants that had drawn the water knew), the ruler of the feast calleth the bridegroom,
10 and saith unto him, Every man setteth out the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then that which is worse: thou hast kept the good wine until last.
11 This beginning of his signs did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed on him. 12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples; and there they abode not many days.
A new Harvard study (2013) indicated a compound found in red wine may be a factor promoting health and longevity. http://hms.harvard.edu/news/new-study-validates-longevity-pathway-3-7-13
The American Stroke Association has advised that while drinking one
alcohol drink a day may reduce the risk of stroke, drinking more than
two a day increases the risk of stroke: Strokes
and Alcohol Consumption.
Drinking excessively increases the risk of cancer. A few drinks a week may increase the risk of breast cancer: Alcohol and Cancer.
Excessive drinking may contribute to heart disease: Alcohol and Heart Disease.
A Harvard study limits men to one or two drinks a day and women to no more than one a day: Alcohol - Balancing the Risks and Limits.
A Time journalist reported a man should not drink more than 14 alcoholic drinks per week and a woman's limit should be half as much. Individual tolerances may vary. http://healthland.time.com/2009/08/20/when-does-social-drinking-become-at-risk-drinking/
People over the age of 65 should not drink more than one alcoholic beverage a day.
Excessive consumption of alcohol may damage the pancreas causing insulin dependent diabetes. Seven of ten cases of chronic pancreatitis are caused by alcoholism.
Alcoholics suffered liver damage similar to what happens in hepatitis leading to liver failure.