Did The Christian Bible Ban the Use of Alcohol?

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Bible interpretation is often subjected to personal prejudices of pioneers of different Christian missions, however; to get a balanced interpretation, one must study the bilble diligently and objectively on each thematic issue to get the proper stance of the bible on that issue.
concerning alcohol consumption, there are two Christian schools of thought which are total abstinence, and responsible drinking:
Those who believe in total abstinence select some particular scriptures which viewed alone suggest that God abhors drinking. some of these scriptures are Proverbs 20:1 "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." 1Corinthians 6:9-10; "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." And Ephesians 5:18 -- "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;"
Those who are of the opinion that drinking is lawful for Christians consider several other scriptures which those in the school of total abstinence have ignored, a few of which are 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,” Psalm 104:14-15 “14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; 15 And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart. And Matthew 11:19 “The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. but wisdom is justified of her children.”
Analysing the few scriptures cited above; it will be observed that two of the scriptures Deuteronomy 14:26, and Matthew 11:19 suggest that alcohol drinking was accepted and permitted in religious ceremonies even in the [presence of God, as well as that Christ took alcohol while on his earthly mission. if alcohol consumption was forbidden, Christ would not have indulged in it, and it would not have been permitted in religious ceremonies. this established, the scritptures cited by those that believe in total abstinence must not be ignored, as it comes as warnings against drunkenness and the potential to get drunk if we drink. It also specifies that drunks will not make it to heaven. Therefore drinking must be done responsibly.
I will leave you with this scripture Matthew 15;17-19 “17Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?18But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: