Proverbs regarding depression, despair, despondency, discouragement, downheartedness, fretting, gloom, heaviness of heart, hopelessness, melancholia, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness, worry.
When these proverbs were written, perhaps 3,000 years ago, alcohol was a commonly accepted elixir. (Potions from herbs would have been associated with Pagan magic but wine was manmade and therefore devoid of evil forces.)
Today we are more enlightened. If chemical assistance is needed we use much safer remedies from manmade pharmaceuticals, instead of drowning sorrows with drink. And thank God we have such alternatives. Even though modern medicine is far from perfect, without it there would be much more suffering in the world than the current 2.5 million deaths annually attributed to alcohol..
Even so, people cling to Proverbs 31:6-7 (see below) as biblical sanction to go out and get sloshed. "...let them drink and forget their poverty, and remember their misery no more" may subdue their misery but can only make things worse in the longer term.
Yes folks, we at seiyaku.com are against the evils of drink!
(See also Alcohol Criticised)