FULL DISCLOSURE: I am (and always have been) a teetotaller, and would support some form of prohibition of the consumption of alcohol if one ever came to a vote.
I’m NOT talking about Eucharistic wine, obviously.
I recognise that this is not a popular position to hold in the slightest, but it is nevertheless my position.
How is consuming alcohol not putting oneself in the near occasion of sin?
We consider (and fairly so) two people of the opposite sex who like each other living together in a house by themselves as those people putting themselves in the near occasion of sin.
So how is consuming alcohol any different?
Rather than discussing how it has always been permitted (for that, I would point to the development of our moral understanding on matters like the death penalty), I would like a frank answer to the question, if possible.