Jill Duggar Dillard Confirms She Drinks Alcohol ‘Socially’ and Believes in a ‘Healthy Balance’ Despite Her Strict Upbringing

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Jill Duggar Dillard responded after making headlines last week for drinking an alcoholic piña colada. The reality star revealed that she drinks “socially.”

“We have boundaries,” Dillard told PEOPLE in a new interview. “In our faith, we believe like we’re not supposed to get drunk. So, with drinking, it’s not like we’re just like going crazy.”

“It’s more socially here and there, or at home, for a date or something,” the Duggar daughter continued. “Our kids are pretty young right now, but I think it’s good for them to see a healthy balance.”

The 29-year-old was raised by her devout Baptist parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. Their family life was on full display on the TLC series “19 Kids and Counting,” which documented the strict conservative upbringing of Dillard and her 18 siblings. The family became popular for their “modest” dress code and strict rules about dating.


“Growing up, the whole idea of drinking was not encouraged,” Dillard explained. “I know my parents would not be happy with it, and I know that my siblings, some more than others, would probably have an issue with it. Other ones would probably be like, ‘Whatever’s good for y’all, that’s fine. Live your life.’ So far, nobody’s said anything to us about it.”

Dillard and her husband Derek Dillard first disclosed their social drinking during a Q&A series on their blog, DillardFamily.com, which runs on their YouTube channel, Dillard Family Official.

“We believe Scripture is clear that alcohol is sinful,” Derek shared in the Q&A. “Neither one of us have ever drank to drunkenness but that doesn’t mean that Jill won’t have a piña colada at dinner.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Charity Gibson