Drunkenness is a matter of choice. In fact, many small choices lead to the state of intoxication. A person must choose to let alcohol continuously pass his lips & must choose to swallow.
At the first sign of light-headedness, the wise person abstains, but the potential drunk chooses to continue until reaching the point of intoxication.
There are other forms of intoxication. We can easily get drunk on bitterness, jealousy, lust or pride. As with drinking alcohol, this intoxication is a matter of choice – lots of small choices.
We choose to let our self-centered thoughts turn into bitterness or jealousy. Then, instead of abstaining, we entertain bad-thought after bad-thought & in no time we are intoxicated with hatred, anger & revenge.
Similarly we become drunk with pride, lust, arrogance & power. Then, as with all drunks, it will not be long before we are making fools of ourselves & hurting those we love.
The truth is, from time to time, we all have these thoughts (the Bible says we are liars if we say we don’t). So at the first sign of intoxication, the wise person abstains by confessing those thoughts to God & starts afresh with a sober mind.
1 John 1:8-9 (GNB): “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and there is no truth in us. But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing.”