Describe the whisky incident in Animal Farm. Why would Orwell make this scene somewhat humorous?

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Following the Battle of the Windmill, the pigs of Animal Farm found a case of whiskey in the cellar of the farmhouse. Although the Fifth Commandment declared that the consumption of alcohol was forbidden, the pigs decided to celebrate the victory. After a round of singing, Napoleon appeared in a bowler hat and then galloped around the yard. The next day, the pigs slept late, and it was later announced that Napoleon was dying. But he was only hung over, and he soon recovered. The author no doubt created a humorous tone because the visualization of drunken pigs dressed in human clothing is quite funny. He also used it to show how the pigs were further adopting human traits.