Are there any sources saying that one should drink wine on Erev Yom Kippur, it being considered a Yom Tov? (I’ve heard in chabad that Chassidim used to show up to Kol Nidrei drunk, as “a drunk cannot stand trial”; I’m wondering if there are any halachic sources discussing this.)

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The Mishna Brura (OC 608:16) mentions not to drink fine wine.

OU Kosher writes

Wine and other intoxicating beverages should not be served.

  • This is referring to the seudas hamafsekes, because wine may make it harder to fast. I’m wondering about the first meal which is modeled much more after a Yom Tov meal.
    – Yø-c Ro
    Commented Sep 26, 2023 at 17:43
  • I don't think this is correct. First of all the objectives are to avoid over-eating/being too satisfied and avoid being a baal keri. Second there is no seudas mafsekes like on 9Av, there is a first meal of the day (say lunch), and a last meal before the fast. Now if you are asking specifically about lunch, you should ask a separate question.
    – mbloch
    Commented Sep 27, 2023 at 3:11
  • The Poskim do refer to the last seudah as “seudas hamafsekes”, during which drinking wine is discouraged because of the reasons you mention. The question I asked is about Erev Yom Kippur in general.
    – Yø-c Ro
    Commented Sep 28, 2023 at 8:43

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