Is getting drunk always a sin?

Is getting drunk for medical reasons, (substitute for anesthesia), justified and not a grave sin? Also, when people are training to be police officers and are learning how to handle people under the influence, would it be a sin for someone to get drunk for them in order to help train them?

These links should be helpful for understanding the Church’s teaching on the consumption of alcohol and the moral implications of drunkenness. If you have any further questions or concerns that are not answered by these links, please contact Catholic Answers directly.
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