Dear 100 Hour Board,
Do you think it's okay buy alcohol as a gift for a non-member? I have a mentor who helped me acquiring a prestigious and competitive internship and the subsequent job offer. I'm thinking about buying him a nice bottle of wine as a token of appreciation for his assistance. The church has never forbade purchasing alcohol, but I just want to make sure.
Do I think it is okay to buy alcohol for a non-member? Yes, but that doesn't mean I would. Personally, I think there are other gifts that you could give to a professor that show the same amount of appreciation but also allow you to show that you don't believe people should drink alcohol. For example, you could buy him a gift card to a restaurant so he can go to dinner with his significant other/family. There are a myriad of other gifts as well that you could purchase instead.
However, if you feel like a nice bottle of wine would be the best way to show your appreciation, I don't think there is anything wrong with that.
-Sunday Night Banter
Sunday Night Banter has a great answer. One other thing I'd chip in is an LDS friend of mine in NYC once brought a fancyish bottle of (non-alcoholic) elderflower cordial from Whole Foods to a dinner party at a law professor's house where a bottle of wine would be a customary gift. They graciously (if slightly bemusedly) accepted it.
--Ardilla Feroz, headed soon to Bayanga in the Central African Republic