Is there any problem with drinking socially during the Three Weeks?

Background: My Rav held that large social gatherings even without music give a person more Simḥah than privately listening to music, and as such he held that things many people avoid - eg., listening to music on the radio or even going to the movies, in which others' comments and interactions with you are a nuisance (but which he did not endorse year-round anyway, but in theory, if a "Kosher" movie were made that didn't have inappropriate previews, etc. etc. etc...) are much less problematic than going to a baseball game, for example, in which being part of the crowd is the experience.

I know drinking is not generally prohibited during the Three Weeks, but if we take the idea that large social gatherings are inappropriate, would smaller social gatherings with drinking involved be a problem, since social gatherings give one Simḥah and we know that wine provides Simḥah?

Does this extrapolation make sense based on the above, or is it an unnecessary restriction?

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    You Rav's position, while reasonable, has very subjective criteria and is not one that is dealt with much in the sources. As such (even of course as it is not a practical matter) you might be better off asking him because I worry we won't find any sourced material to answer this. – Double AA Jul 17 '12 at 14:19
  • @DoubleAA, OK, what about the normative approach? Is music really the only restriction? At any point do we say, no, you may not go with your friends to the bar that is having a male-only all-acapella singing contest and beer festival? – Seth J Jul 17 '12 at 14:22
  • judaism.stackexchange.com/q/17586/759 I think my comment there is still right, I just have to find someone who explicitly extends it backwards. But that doesn't mean it isn't incredibly difficult to draw a line. – Double AA Jul 17 '12 at 14:24
  • @DoubleAA His Rav's position, happens to be THE Rav's position, as in R. Soloveitchik. – Curiouser Jul 17 '12 at 17:39
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    @Curiouser I said it was a reasonable position. – Double AA Jul 17 '12 at 17:50

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