Religious Texts on the Use of Alcohol – II
Hinduism does not forbid the use of alcohol totally. However, it cautions us about the excessive use of alcohol. “Used judiciously wine relieves a person of worries, otherwise it leads one to hell (through excessive use).” (Garuda Purana 1:155:34-35).
Islam forbids the use of alcohol. Although alcohol may have some benefits, the harm done by it outweighs any benefit it gives.
“Satan only wants to cause between you animosity and hatred through intoxicants and gambling and to avert you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. So will you not desist?” (Quran, Surah 5:91)
“They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, In them is great sin and [yet, some] benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit.” (Quran, Surah 2:219)
All Buddhists live by the Five Moral Precepts, the fifth of which forbids the use of alcohol. The Five Moral Precepts are refraining from:
- harming living things.
- taking what is not given.
- sexual misconduct.
- lying or gossip.
- taking intoxicating substances e.g. drugs or drink.
(to be continued)