This is why I love this place!!
I got curious and did some research and this is what I found .....
The 2007 Florida Statutes
CRIMES Chapter 790
WEAPONS AND FIREARMS
790.151 Using firearm while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, chemical substances, or controlled substances; penalties.--
(1) As used in ss. 790.151-790.157, to "use a firearm" means to discharge a firearm or to have a firearm readily accessible for immediate discharge.
(2) For the purposes of this section, "readily accessible for immediate discharge" means loaded and in a person's hand.
(3) It is unlawful and punishable as provided in subsection (4) for any person who is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance set forth in s. 877.111, or any substance controlled under chapter 893, when affected to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired, to use a firearm in this state.
(4) Any person who violates subsection (3) commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(5) This section does not apply to persons exercising lawful self-defense or defense of one's property.
History.--s. 1, ch. 91-84; s. 1210, ch. 97-102.
Now, with all that being said .... I never, repeat NEVER consume alcohol when I am carrying concealed.
First of all, I do not want to be handling a firearm when I have been consuming " adult beverages ".
Secondly, if I have to use my weapon, I want to be totally alert and hit what I am aiming at and NOT an innocent citizen.
Third, being an ex-LEO, I can tell you for sure that if you ever have to use your firearm, and the LEO's smell alcohol on your breath, you are in a world of hurt. If you do consume, and have to use your firearm, I HIGHLY reccommend that you answer NO questions and ask for your attorney immediately, you are going to need him.
So, my best advice about consuming alcohol and carrying a firearm ....
No Way, No How, No Ever.
Section 5 ( above ) has really got me stumped.
It appears that even if you are under the influence you have the right to exercise " lawful self-defense or defense of one's property."
BUT, I wouldn't suggest trying it, because even if you beat the criminal charge, there is always the civil lawsuit that can cost you ' mucho dinero '!