Ask some American Muslims to pose civil opposition to the opening of liquor stores in our cities because Allah has prohibited intoxicants, and these Muslims will give you 100 different excuses based either in liberal philosophy or misappropriated theology, excuses ranging from, “This is a free country,” to, “There is no sin after disbelief,” etc.
But ask some American Muslims to pose civil opposition to the opening of liquor stores in our cities because these liquor stores prey on the poor and minorities, increase the crime rate, and cause all sorts of social ills, then suddenly everyone is on board.
My point is that, these are not mutually exclusive reasons for action. One of the wisdoms of prohibiting intoxicants might be to prevent exactly these kinds of social ills that even the denizens of modernity will recognize. And even if you don’t believe that, then regardless of your theological school, you recognize the spiritual nature of this world, and even if there is no discernible practical benefit for obeying a certain command of Allah, there is certainly a spiritual boon and the bounty of baraka that is a reality and Muslims and non-Muslims alike can benefit from simply by virtue of being more in line with God’s law and the sunnah of the Last Messenger (s), whether intentionally so or not.