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I've noticed that in Orthodox shuls, it's common for men to drink alcohol (such as a shot of scotch or vodka or perhaps a liqueur), other than just kiddush wine, especially after Shacharis on Shabbos. However, I've never seen women doing this (or even drinking shots on Purim, for that matter). Why is this? Is there a source in halacha against women drinking alcohol in public? Is it just assumed to be contrary to modesty? Or is it just that, in American culture, women don't tend to (or are not expected to) like hard liquor by itself?

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    Regarding temperance for women, see K'suvos 65a (אין פוסקין יינות לאשה, etc.). – Fred Oct 29 '13 at 0:51
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    Maybe they have more self control? – Seth J Oct 29 '13 at 1:00
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    Maybe they don't view Shul as a pub? – Seth J Oct 29 '13 at 1:00
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    Alternatively, consider reframing to: "I've noticed that in Orthodox shuls, it's uncommon for women to drink alcohol other than just kiddush wine. However, I've seen men doing this. Why is this? Is there a source in halacha that encourages men to drink alcohol in public?" – Fred Oct 29 '13 at 1:40
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    @Kordovero They might have thought that even without being feminists. Women can be alcoholics too, independent of their politics. – Double AA Oct 29 '13 at 1:45
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There are plenty of shules where women drink alcohol and there are plenty of shules where alcohol is not publicly on display.

This is purely sociological.

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    Is it totally random, or is there some pattern? For example, have you ever been at a chassidic shul in which women were drinking l'chayims on Shabbos? I would think this would be less likely. – Kordovero Oct 29 '13 at 13:28

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