I always end up feeling in these debates that I play the role of the Defender Of Alcohol..
The fact is that I can and do go weeks between a glass of wine to the next glass of wine.
I have been meditating for quite a few years and a glass of wine does not effect my mindfulness at all.
( I will await the replies of those who assure me that I must be wrong about myself. )
However I am also aware that the physiological response to alcohol varies greatly.
I think we have to decide for ourselves where on the spectrum from total abstinence to drinking within our personal limits lies. For some it will clearly be that they need to be teetotal.
I like an occasional glass of Serge Hochar's extraordinary red wine, and will from time to time raise one to toast the health of everyone on this forum. Whether they choose to toast me back, and with what, is their choice.