More On Alcohol & Chassidus
Many tzaddikim, including Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk, Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, and the Komarno Rebbe warned their chassidim from drinking alcohol except on occasions where it is required explicitly by halacha. Following up on the topic of an earlier posting, I asked the Sudilkover Rebbe what approach he advised to drinking alcohol.
The Rebbe answered by saying that while he did drink alcohol on Shabbos, he did so in great moderation. The only time he drank to the point of inebriation was on Purim.
The Rebbe also said that he would absolutely not drink during the week days unless it was in relation to a mitzva. Gesturing with his thumb and index figure, he added that when he did drink alcohol on these occasions it was an extremely small amount. From the tone of voice in which he answered, it also seemed that the whole idea of drinking during the week days was something very distasteful to him and something he considered unbefitting of a refined person.