This topic came to mind today when listening to a Muslim apologetic. I personally have never drunk any alcohol, let me re-phrase that, i have never drunk and "alcoholic beverages". I brew my own ginger ale which inherently has minimal alcohol from carbonation. I agree it is something that needs to be respected and not abused however, I think an all out ban would go against the Christian spirit. We are told to eat that which is set before us in scriptures, and from the traditions of the Church we see "a brother went to see an anchorite and as he was leaving said to him, ‘Forgive me, abba, for having taken you away from your rule!’ But the other answered him, ‘My rule is to refresh you and send you away in peace.’” I may be misunderstanding these things but I imagine that if we are at a friends house and are blessed/offered with something we should accept the gift out of love. Obviously this also has its limits but I believe it still makes a point, to me at least.