omg, I cannot count how many heavy drinkers my hubby and I knew in our kh. We are not really drinkers, just an occasional wine and once in a while I like Amaretto and oj, (maybe 2 tops) and my hubby likes a rum and coke. But anyway, the first ever gathering we got invited to while we were still studying, the witnesses had a huge empty metal garbage pail (the ones you use outside your home) FILLED with ice and BEER!
That was in the Hingham MA congregation. And that should have been a warning right then that something was not right. Anyway, most of the drinkers were elders and their wives but several young guys got in trouble for drinking too.
I remember this one elder who lived on my street for a while and his wife, they used to start drinking immediately after work if it was a non-meeting night. I swear I would stop by in the middle of the afternoon, say 3pm and they were sitting in their pajamas on the couch with wine in their glasses and a huge bottle of wine on a tray. It was crazy really.
Now I know why we used to hear "advice" in our hall about not coming to meetings after having a wine or two, because you want to be fully alert to recieve spiritual food. Yeah right, no doubt many went to the meetings SMASHED!
Anyway, good thread. Lilly