Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
New International Version, 1984
St. Paul leads this section off with a seemingly simple prohibition that has a much deeper implication and association attached to it. To understand the practical points that St. Paul is making, being the benefits of being filled with the Holy Spirit, we need to understand the culture of alcohol a little better.