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J Muslim Ment Health. 2009 Mar 1;4(1):47-66.

"I am a Muslim and My Dad is an Alcoholic -- What Should I Do?": Internet-Based Advice for Muslims about Alcohol.

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Alcohol Research Group, Emeryville, California.


This article analyzes 113 fatwas (pieces of advice from Muslim scholars) in response to Internet user-contributed questions about correct behavior in situations involving alcohol. The fatwas are from, a popular Islamic Web site. Most of the questions on the English site are submitted by individuals living in non-Muslim countries, who are more likely to confront difficult situations relating to alcohol. In spite of the general condemnation of alcohol consumption in Islam, many individuals face ethical dilemmas and feel the need to request advice about proper behavior in situations involving alcohol, relating to the family, society, work, and bodily purity, as well as more abstract theological questions.

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