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09/16/2013 11:52 EDT | Updated 02/28/2014 03:59 EST

Stephen Harper Doesn't Drink Alcohol, Except When He Does (PHOTOS)

Stephen Harper has made his distaste for marijuana clear and now he's touting his teetotalling too.

At an event last week at which he cracked jokes about Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's plan to legalize pot, the prime minister said "I don’t drink alcohol, but I have lots of friends who do," according to The National Post.

Harper's claim to abstain isn't exactly backed up by the photographic record (see below).

And then there are the comments he made in 2004 while leader of the Canadian Alliance.

"I like to tell people I was offered a joint once, but I was too drunk to smoke it," Harper joked.

That's the sort of quote the prime minister may not want to see back in the news in light of the heavily-circulated photo of Peter MacKay drinking from a beer bong that surfaced after the justice minister slammed Justin Trudeau for admitting he smoked marijuana while serving as an MP.

This isn't even the first time Harper's drinking has caused a kerfuffle. The prime minister got himself into trouble with at least one Irish politician earlier this year for choosing to be photographed imbibing at the Guinness brewery.

So, while Harper's asthma may have precluded the PM from experimenting with pot, it seems that, despite his claims to the contrary, the PM has done plenty of experimenting with alcohol. See for yourself below.

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