Mormons don't allow alcohol either. Their reason for "why" is a little vague - according to the Book of Mormon, the Lord appeared to his followers and said, basically, "Don't drink alcohol - instead, use it as a disinfectant. And don't smoke tobacco - instead, use it to mend your animals when they become injured." To me, this sounds like good advice for settlers heading out west who would need to reserve precious resources for when they really needed them, but it doesn't make a lot of sense in the present day - although Mormons certainly are healthier for not smoking and drinking.
As I understand it, the thing about alcohol first came as "counsel", but later was taken up as a Commandment. The Mormon stance is that alcohol leads to poverty, violence, and destroys families. Me, I find my family a lot more tolerable after we've all had a glass or two, but whatever floats your boat. :)
I think with Buddhists, refraining from alcohol is more of a guideline - they don't think alcohol is evil, but being drunk might lead you to do evil.
Some Baptists also refrain from drinking - at least around other Baptists. Muslims, as I understand it, are the same way: alcohol consumption is supposed to be forbidden, but it's sort of an open secret (a little like how 90% of married Catholics use birth control, even though the Pope says not to.)
Here's a quote from the Koran about alcohol: "They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. Say 'In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit.'" (Qur'an 2:219)
@rubberm8n, that is the most f*kin stupid made up story i have heard yet, i give props to you for being the idiot here. kodus to you!
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Islam for one. Why? It was a slow transisition but one day on the day after (of the battle) of Badr, (killing, murdering stealing, raping) Mohammad's thugs were drinking wine and got pretty drunk. So drunk, one of his thugs killed camels in a gross way. Also, Mohammad did not like alcohol. Suddenly, the next day, Mohammad had a revelation (conveniently) from Allah that alcohol was harram (not good) and muslims should stop drinking it...
Volume 4, Book 53, Number 324:
I got a she-camel in my share of the war booty on the day (of the battle) of Badr, and the Prophet had given me a she-camel from the Khumus. When I intended to marry Fatima, the daughter of Allah's Apostle, I had an appointment with a goldsmith from the tribe of Bani Qainuqa' to go with me to bring Idhkhir (i.e. grass of pleasant smell) and sell it to the goldsmiths and spend its price on my wedding party. I was collecting for my she-camels equipment of saddles, sacks and ropes while my two she-camels were kneeling down beside the room of an Ansari man. I returned after collecting whatever I collected, to see the humps of my two she-camels cut off and their flanks cut open and some portion of their livers was taken out. When I saw that state of my two she-camels, I could not help weeping. I asked, "Who has done this?" The people replied, "Hamza bin Abdul Muttalib who is staying with some Ansari drunks in this house." I went away till I reached the Prophet and Zaid bin Haritha was with him. The Prophet noticed on my face the effect of what I had suffered, so the Prophet asked. "What is wrong with you." I replied, "O Allah's Apostle! I have never seen such a day as today. Hamza attacked my two she-camels, cut off their humps, and ripped open their flanks, and he is sitting there in a house in the company of some drunks." The Prophet then asked for his covering sheet, put it on, and set out walking followed by me and Zaid bin Haritha till he came to the house where Hamza was. He asked permission to enter, and they allowed him, and they were drunk. Allah's Apostle started rebuking Hamza for what he had done, but Hamza was drunk and his eyes were red. Hamza looked at Allah's Apostle and then he raised his eyes, looking at his knees, then he raised up his eyes looking at his umbilicus, and again he raised up his eyes look in at his face. Hamza then said, "Aren't you but the slaves of my father?" Allah's Apostle realized that he was drunk, so Allah's Apostle retreated, and we went out with him.
@theotherguy - the verse is there it is a fact - don't like it take it up with Mohammad and his false allah! LOL, must be a muslim.