I just watched Patrick Madrid on EWTN discussing drunkenness in a “Where Is That In the Bible?” segment. Which reminded me of a past experience.
I once had to undergo a short procedure in a doctor’s office which he informed me ahead of time would be painful. Since he offered no pain medication, I sat in the parking lot before I went in and drank a beer, which worked very well. I don’t know if I was drunk, but I was quite tipsy and affected enough by the beer that it worked like pain medication. I didn’t think it was a sin at the time, but now I wonder whether in such a circumstance grave matter is involved. Is it?