A letter issued by the Crown Heights Beis Din ahead of Purim, warns against the dangers of excessive drinking and urges parents to be alert to the phenomenon of alcohol consumption among our youth.
By Anash.org reporter
A letter issued by the Crown Heights Beis Din ahead of Purim is reminding Chabad Chassidim about the Rebbe’s well-known edict about limiting the drinking of alcohol, which also applies on Purim.
The letter signed by Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba and Rabbi Yosef Braun, members of the Crown Heights Beis Din, also warns against the dangers of excessive drinking and urges parents to be alert to the phenomenon of alcohol drinking among young people.
By the grace of G-d, 8th Adar, 5783 
Since the day of Purim is soon arriving, we hereby remind everyone about the Rebbe’s well-known edict about limiting the drinking of alcohol, which applies also on Purim [as the Rebbe explicitly stated].
It has already been publicized several times to remind and warn about this subject of observing and totally fulfilling (“without any kuntzen” – evasive tricks – as the Rebbe said) this well-known edict not to drink alcohol excessively, especially by those aged under 40 years old, and particularly by unmarried young men, although even those aged over 40 also need to minimize their drinking.
The responsibility devolves upon the mashpiyim to repeat and make known all the details of this in accordance with what is explained in the Rebbe’s holy sichos, and that the edict applies in full force even on Purim, and that the responsibility applies not only to every individual regarding himself but also that he has the duty of watching over others that they should not drink excessively.
Furthermore, there applies here the mitzva, “And you should beware greatly for your lives”: Excessive consumption of alcohol can easily cause toxic poisoning and even worse (may Hashem, the All-Merciful One, save us). It is also extremely dangerous to drive under the influence of alcohol. Parents need to be alert to the phenomenon of alcohol drinking among young people, and to explain to them the dangers involved in this.²
With blessing for a joyous Purim,
Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba
Member of the Beth Din
Rabbi Yosef Yishaya Braun
Member of the Beth Din
¹ See Sichos of Shabbos Parashas Shmini, 5723; 12th Tammuz, 5725; Shabbos Parashas Noach, 5727; Shabbos Parashas Balak, 5744.
2 In general, regarding drinking of wine etc. by young people, see Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, 32:8; Yavin Shamua by Tashbetz, Maamar Chametz, quoting “doctors”; Sh’vilei Emuna 55, p. 114