What are your views on alcohol and yogic lifestyle?
Alcohol alters one's consciousness and prevents natural development of the Inner Spirit/your True Self. The path to Self-Realization, which is the ultimate goal of Yoga, is impeded with alcohol consumption. It's the same with other addictive substances. The Spirit gets lost/drowned in the spirits.
However, occasionally, one's addiction can lead one to their true Path and discover themselves. For this, there must be guidance from qualified teachers, and possibly others who have walked the same path.
I have known several Yogis who came to discover their Inner Spirit through such programs as AA, and Live-in Yoga programs at traditional Yoga Ashrams.
- Yogi Mir