Alcohol good for Wisdom?
‘Whoever retains a clear mind under the influence of wine possesses the qualities of the seventy elders.’ (Eruvin 65a)
This is not suggesting that it’s fine to get drunk. We Jews only get drunk once a year on Purim (which is coming up soon J).
Rather it means that a spiritually developed human being has the wherewithal to maintain a level of underlying consciousness even when seriously impaired by alcohol