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ALCOHOLIC DRINKSBEER, LIQUEUR, SPIRITS AND WINE. GENERAL HEALTH WARNING: Drinking and driving is dangerous, illegal and against Halacha. Please be sure that your blood alcohol level is under 0.05 before driving. "P" platers may not drink at all before driving. Please always drink only in moderation. Do not hesitate to contact your medical practitioner if you have a problem with over drinking or if you know someone who does. Your medical practitioner will treat all approaches with confidentiality. It is a parent's responsibility to ensure that children under age are prevented from having access to alcoholic beverages. Underage drinking and binge drinking are real problems in the adolescent community. Parents should take an active role in educating their children in relation to drinking and should not hesitate to seek help from their medical practitioner or school authorities. Pregnant women should not consume alcohol - although a sip of wine for Kiddush will cause no harm. It is erroneous to suggest that intoxication or drinking to excess are either permitted or encouraged on Shabbat or Chagim, especially for adolescents - indeed Rabbinic authorities forbid such drinking. It is appropriate for Synagogues or youth groups to impose appropriate controls over alcoholic beverages in order to prevent alcohol abuse, especially among adolescents, in their communities. See further www.thinkbeforeyoudrink.com.au or www.alcohol.gov.au Alcoholic drinks from New Zealand must be presumed Dairy unless stated otherwise.
WHISKYThe following information has been adapted from The London Beth Din Kashrut Division. Irish whiskey may by law contain wine and other ingredients and thus should not be consumed except where the product has a Hechsher or has been Rabbinically approved. However the following applies to Scotch Whisky: 1. No additives are permitted in Scotch Whisky with the exception of caramel colour which is kosher. 2. Ordinary Scotch Whisky whether Single Malt or Blended without any mention of the use of Sherry, Port or other wine casks on the label or marketing literature can confidently be consumed without any concerns relating to having been in contact with wine casks. 3. Whisky which has been matured in wine casks has been subject to detailed halachic consideration by major poskim (including 'Minchas Yitzchak vol 2, 28 and Igros Moshe Yore Deah vol 1, 62 and 63) who did not forbid its consumption. 4. There is a new process however, known as wine cask finishes (also referred to as double or second maturation ) which is a secondary process that some claim is specifically designed to enhance the flavour of otherwise fully matured whiskey and impart a recognisable taste of the wine. This new process may not be covered by all the aforementioned heterim and accordingly some may wish to avoid products so labelled. The London Beth Din continues to allow all types of Scotch Whisky based on Teshuvos Igros Moshe, as does the Kashrut Authority.