Is it a sin to drink alcohol with the intention of getting to the point of being buzzed/tipsy (but not going any further once you reach that sensation)? I know gluttony and intemperance is a sin. But when it says in the Bible to "drink and be merry" what exactly does merry mean? Does it mean to be a little buzzed or does it mean to just enjoy the taste of the drink?
The “merry” of Scripture is joy to be with friends, to share company with people who care about you and rejoice with you at a party. It is not the merry of getting buzzed, which is artificial and requires more fruit of the vine to keep the buzz coming back.
If God wanted you to be buzzed, He would have said, “drink and get buzzed.” In fact, in the Bible, right after the man said, “drink and be merry” God said to Him:
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ (Luke 12:20).
Do you want God to say those words to you? LOL. I didn’t think so. Avoid getting buzzed. Get high from the love of your friends and their company. Not from depriving your brain of oxygen through alcohol. God bless and take care! Fr. Angel
Opinion on young Catholics who enjoy partying occasionally?
This is another question that made me laugh. At first I said “The party don’t start till I walk in….” just kidding. In the interest of full disclosure, I went to a party last night after our parish mission having a fiesta, then stopped over some friends’ house and did not get home till 3:30 am :o
I didn’t get drunk or anything but I can barely keep my eyes open after all the Masses, much less read tumblr. So I am living proof that the Catholic culture is a party and fiesta culture, but observing certain limits. So drunken revelry where everyone is smoking weed is more of an occasion of sin than a party. However, parties which are fun but not drunken and promiscuous would be all right.
Thus, a lot depends on what you mean by “partying.” If your friend calls you up and says “dude, party time, I’m coming to pick you up right now and you’re getting laid tonight” it would be better to hang up the phone, turn it off, and take off somewhere else where you’re not going to be in that kind of setting that night. God bless and take care! Fr. Angel