Jerusalem Report

Jews Do Drink

The American Jewish Community is slowly coming to grips with alcohol and substance abuse.

An alcoholic at a bar
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MANY JEWS GREW UP believing that Jews are not alcoholics. Some still believe it. Yet “Jeremy,” a funny, energetic, whitecollar professional and married father of three, is a recovering Jewish alcoholic in Atlanta, Georgia. He remembers his dad saying with conviction that “Jews are not drunkards,” even though his father would drink every day after work.

“I can remember him pouring Cutty Sark into a big glass of ice. And often, he’d fall asleep. We used to marvel that my father could sleep anywhere,” Jeremy, 41, recalls now.

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