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Sid realized that in order to truly wake up to reality as it is, he had to find a middle way in between these extremes of over-indulgence and beating himself up. You too have to find your own middle way.
If there's Right Speech, then why can't the modern-day practitioner engage in Right Drinking? We know that the historical Sid did drink in his youth, but as the Buddha he acknowledged that alcohol is a dangerous fire to play with.