So I would like to know more (and specifically) about what can be considered as an Intoxicant, according to the precept.
I know that alcohol and recreational drugs have a very clear position regarding the precept (at least that's how I perceive it) but what about the next ones?
Coffee & Tea
Both has Caffeine, and it is an intoxicant that affects the status of mind (i.e. it can cause anxiety, increased libido, etc)
It has Theobromine. However, it doesn't causes the negavite effects of Caffeine, just makes you happier.Sugar Excess:
Can cause hyper-activity, and moments later some laziness.
Prescription Psychiatric Drugs (Antidepressants, Antipsychothics, Anxyolitics, Sedatives, etc):
Although needed for psycho/psychiatric conditions, they can alter consciousness & perception (most of the time for the better, but still...) and can also cause laziness.
interested on this one, as I'm diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder and I'm taking Clomipramine (A Tryciclic Antidepressant) and Clonazepam (A Benzodiazepine) on a daily basis (although I'm about to drop the Clonazepam, according to my recent prescription).'Light' Alcoholic Beverages:
As I said eariler, I know that alcohol is the main intoxicant adressed on the precept.
But what about Beer or Wine, that are more or less low on alcohol content (unlike liquors and spirits), and when taken in moderation and with food?
It's against the precept when you take a small cup of wine while eating some cheesse and bread, or when you take half of a cup of beer with some pizza?
I ask this as that's a gastronomical custom I have from time to time, specially on family reunions.
Note however, that I've never, ever got drunk in my life, as I take too low dosages of alcohol due to my gastritis and my manners.
(Anyway, as for now, I can't take alcohol at all
, due to my medication