It's Almost Enough to Make Me Take Up Drinking
Outside of rare social circumstances, I don't partake frequently in the consumption of adult beverages, but I do believe that the Lord's Supper should include wine, and I find the sort of extra-biblical assumptions expressed in this survey to be troubling.
Surely given that our Lord was at least tangentially in the wine-making business (see John 2:1-11) and that the apostle Paul commends wine to Timothy (I Tim. 5:23) it's implausible to argue that Scripture forbids the consumption of alcohol.
It is this sort of legalism, sometimes evolving into Phariseeism, which separates us from other Christian brothers. Even worse, I have found on a number of occasions that it actually creates a stumbling block for those outside the faith.
For example, I recall traveling with a friend once who asked why SBCers were so opposed to alcohol consumption. He "grew up Catholic" and found his Baptist kin to be insufferable. Grandma and other aunts and uncles seemed more concerned about drinking than anything else--it was the unpardonable sin. Meanwhile, Grandpa had to hide a little flask from his wife if he wanted a drink.
My friend was exposed to dangerous combination of legalism and hypocrisy which had marred the actual message of the Gospel, that Christ came to earth for purpose of dying, to recreate the world to its original perfection and create a bridge whereby man could be reconciled to a perfect and holy God.
So what was I to do? Well, I ordered a brew and tried to make the central focus of the Scriptures clear. Perhaps I was sinning by not ordering a Diet Coke.