Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
“Wine” has the power to mock a man’s life and turn him upside down. In parallel, “beer” doesn’t help any, either – just leads to lots of fights. Both drinks were consumed in the Bible world.
So when wine mocked or beer brawled in a guy’s life, it really wasn’t much of an accident on his part. He allowed the drinks to deceive him and that didn’t make him very smart (see also 23:29-35).
We often talk in class about how we got deceived by a substance and wound up being shot, stabbed, beat up, arrested, lost a job or destroyed a good relationship. That’s insanity and once we understand it, we can start making some changes. We don’t have to live that way anymore!