Here is my suggestion: How about "takes" meaning "requires":
A man takes a drink, a drink requires [another] drink, the drink takes the man.
That is: Once a man takes one drink, he is led to take another, and then drinking takes over the man's life.I am not certain about this. Others may have better suggestions.
Thank you! But I think if take here means to require, the sentence still doesn't make sense, for the subject is the drink.