We Accept Drinking, but not Drunkenness

By Lew Weiss

Eugene Borowitz, November 25, 1977

The author, an alcoholism counselor, asserts that alcohol is not the problem as much as attitudes and mores surrounding alcohol. Alcoholism is a growing problem in the Jewish community, he notes, and like alcoholism in other populations, within the Jewish population it tends to follow socioeconomic trends. Traditional Jewish culture dealt with alcohol not by stigmatizing it, the author argues, but by placing it within religious, ritual and family settings. Drinking is tolerated by Jewish cultural norms, he suggests, but drunkenness is not.

Topic: Socioeconomic Status, Culture, Social Services, Addiction, Substance Abuse, Health and Healing, Religion

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Borowitz, Eugene B.

Volume/Issue: Vol.8/no.142

Page Number(s): 12-14

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Weiss, Lew. We Accept Drinking, but not Drunkenness. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Eugene Borowitz. 25 November 1977: 12-14. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=9115


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