Folks look at “culturally okay” in many different ways. Some are hard core against drinking; for them any amount is too much. Some approve of “social” drinking only drinking in a social environment and expect others to do the same. Others can drink several brandy or beer daily and function happy and productive through their life. I agree with lost247 and their opinions and experience on the many points they made; especially everything in moderation including moderation and when something is done to escape something. Most every doctor will suggest we stop drinking; they can give us many facts on how alcohol abuse can lead to many health issues. Each of us has to make our own choices and limits that work best for us to balance the daily routine of life happy and healthy without dwelling on what is “Culturally Okay”. Best wishes to you in your journey of life and the many choices you will be asked to make.