BRISTOL, UK—Despite intoxicants of all kinds, especially alcohol, being explicitly prohibited by the Sikh Gurus, Boris Johnson promoted negotiations between UK and India, which would reduce or end tariffs on whiskey at a Gurdwara Sahib divan in the UK.
The foreign secretary of the UK was pulled to task by a female member of the congregation at Guru Nanak Prakash Singh Sabha Gurdwara, in Bristol, who scolded him for mentioning the deal in a Gurdwara Sahib.
Punjabi Sikhs, however, have a reputation of being avid drinkers and alcoholism is rife in many Sikh families, including resultant domestic violence cases. As such, alcoholism is beginning to be seen as a negative vice amongst Sikhs more and more, as recognition of the damages of alcoholism continue to rise.
Boris later apologized for his comments, as he shared sympathy with the female Sikh’s feelings on the matter as she reportedly suffered from the effects of alcoholism within her family.