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It's a valid and effective style. The footwork is fast and efficient; comprised mostly of low stances, quick switches, and a slow rotation about the center, giving the appearance of drunkenness.
There are actually several styles in canonical "monkey" style, I don't know em all offhand, but there are also stone and tall monkey styles, I know there are a couple more.
Actually there are several styles that have "drunken" in their name too, if you want a great movie about one of the styles, "Drunken Master" is a comedy about one drunken style, the Eight Immortals drunken style, (with Jackie Chan! Woo!), and surprisingly the martial arts in the movie are fairly accurate.
Sorry, I have an obsession with this stuff recently :oops: