Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Alcohol and Drunkenness: Permitted in the Law

Alcohol is generally permitted by the Torah. There are no general prohibitions for the public regarding drinking alcohol or being drunk. Some alcoholic beverages do have kosher concerns, but the issue of drinking itself, regardless of whether we consider it unwise or unhealthy, is not forbidden.

(Photo for thumbnail art by Bart Everson (Flickr: Liquor) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

[Aleksandr Sigalov:] I think the most important verse is Leviticus 10:10. Alcohol affects your judgement so that you stop to differentiate between good and bad. While this may have useful practical purposes when done in moderation and when appropriate,  it is most certainly a very bad idea to drink at work or even when at home. So while there are no explicit prohibition, the consequences of alcohol use usually bear negative connotations in the Torah. Please see this and this  and this posts for more information.

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