What does "Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities" mean in relation to the rest of the chapter?

Paul started the chapter talking about the need to regard the elderly as our fellows, then spoke of honor and instructions for widows. So what was the reason for this statement about wine and the stomach in verse 23?

1 Timothy 5:23

NKJV - 23 No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities.

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Final avatar John Ake

Please note the word "wine" may not necessarily means "alcohol" as many people think. Wine then was from millet, or sorghum (unfermented). They are types of grain used as food. If fermented you get alcohol.grapes could also be used.This is process the same way.
I hope this may be of help.

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