The ever reliable Catholic Education Resource Center has a an easy-read article on ‘The Lost Art of Catholic Drinking.’
The writer overplays the sectarian card — I think the spectrum of Protestant views on alcohol is also found within the Church. (Catholic means, ‘here comes everyone.’) But he provides some choice quotes from Catholic saints and authors, and offers a good account of the golden mean.
There are plenty of our brethren who consider drinking somehow immoral, and there are plenty of others who think drinking must end with great intoxication. But the balanced approach – the Catholic approach – means having a good time, a good laugh, sometimes a good cry, but always with joy and gratitude for God’s generosity in giving us such wonders as beer and burgundy.