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Teetotalism is the practice and promotion of complete (or T-total) abstinence from alcoholic beverages. A person who practices (and possibly advocates) teetotalism is a called a teetotaler or teetotaller (plural teetotalers or teetotallers.) Abstinence is a voluntary restraint from indulging a desire or appetite for certain bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

People generally choose teetotalism for religious, health, family, or societal reasons, or from a combination thereof. This does not necessarily mean that they cannot participate in social drinking; for instance, for the typical teetotaller, soft drinks are an easily obtainable substitute at most drinking establishments. Various Religious symbols, including (first row) Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Bahai, (second row) Islamic, tribal, Taoist, Shinto (third row) Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Jain, (fourth row) Ayyavazhi, Triple Goddess, Maltese cross, pre-Christian Slavonic Religion is the adherence to codified beliefs and rituals that generally involve a faith in a spiritual... a family of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 1997 Family is a Western term used to denote a domestic group of people, or a number of domestic groups linked through descent (demonstrated or stipulated) from a common ancestor, marriage or adoption. ... Young people interacting within an ethnically diverse society. ... A soft drink is a drink that contains no alcohol. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Contemporary and colloquial usage has somewhat expanded teetotalism to include strict abstinence from most recreational intoxicants (legal and illegal, see controlled substances). Most teetotaller organizations also demand from their members that they do not promote or produce intoxicants. A colloquialism is an informal expression, that is, an expression not used in formal speech or writing. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...



One anecdote attributes the origin of the word to a meeting of the Preston Temperance Society in 1832 or 1833. This society was founded by Joseph Livesey, who was to become a leader of the Temperance movement and the author of The Pledge: "We agree to abstain from all liquors of an intoxicating quality whether ale, porter, wine or ardent spirits, except as medicine." The story attributes the word to Dicky Turner, a member of the society, who had a stammer, and in a speech said that nothing would do but "tee-tee-total abstinence". A cartoon from Australia ca. ... This article or section should be merged with intoxication Drunkenness, in its most common usage, is the state of being intoxicated with alcohol (i. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Żywiec Porter Porter is a style of beer in the ale family which has a dark colour. ... A glass of red wine This article is about the alcoholic beverage. ... Medicine is the science and art of maintaining andor restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of patients. ...

A more likely explanation is that teetotal is simply a repetition of the 'T' in total. It is said that as early as 1827 in some Temperance Societies signing a 'T' after one's name signified one's pledge for total abstinence.[1] In England in the 1830s, when the word first entered the lexicon, it was also used in other contexts as an emphasized form of total; in this context, the word is still used, but predominantly in the southern United States. The word could also be confused as a fusion of the words tea, a common non-alcoholic beverage, and total, albeit with the spelling changed slightly — but this is widely considered to be incorrect. Look up Repetition in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem specific to England — the United Kingdom anthem is God Save the Queen. ... Tea leaves in a Chinese gaiwan. ...

Other uses

  • In Nova Scotia and Ireland, as well as among those who are from those places, it is commonly spelled "tea-totaller" and is a reference to a love for tea over coffee, alcohol, or other strong beverages and bears no social stigma.
  • Within Scotland and England teetotalism is a state which is generally respected and carries no stigma whatsoever. In India, teetotalism is often the norm in middle class society, and is very commonly the norm for women of all strata.
  • Another definition of a teetotaler is one who abstains from alcohol and drugs of any form, to include narcotics and other stimulants.

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Nephalism, temperance, abstinence and restraint are acceptable synonyms for teetotalism. Abstinence and restraint have other, sometimes sexual meanings. Their use must be clarified either explicitly or clearly in context. The word restraint has several meanings: the emotional discipline of self-restraint handcuffs, shackles and other forms of physical restraint the act of employing physical restraints See also: constraint This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Numerous idioms and slang terms imply abstinence from alcohol. Common American usage includes "on the wagon," which is frequently associated with those who have had a problem with alcohol in the past, as well as the terms "dry" and "sober." "Straight-edge" is one of the newer idioms for abstaining from alcohol and other intoxicants. The album cover of The Teen Idles Minor Disturbance showing straight edge symbols. ...

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Jesus making wine in The Marriage at Cana, a 14th century fresco from the Visoki Dečani monastery. ... IOGT INTERNATIONAL is an organisation of men and women of all ages who promote the ideals of temperance, peace and brotherhood. ... In Islam, Alcohol is forbiden to drink, but is allowed to be used for medical and other purposes. ... List of well-known people that are now teetotal. ... The term Prohibition, also known as A Dry Law, refers to a law in a certain country by which the manufacture, transportation, import, export, and sale of alcoholic beverages is restricted or illegal. ... For the drawing or cutting tool, see Straightedge. ... Temperance organizations (that is, organizations in the temperance movement) of the United States played an essential role in bringing about ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution establishing national prohibition of alcohol. ... The Womens Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) is the oldest continuing non-sectarian womens organization in the US. Founded in Evanston, Illinois in 1874, its purpose was to combat the influence of alcohol on families and society. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... The Word of Wisdom is the common name of a section of the Doctrine and Covenants,[1] a book that consists of what many churches within the Latter Day Saint movement consider to be revelations from God. ...

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Teetotalism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (344 words)
Teetotalism is the practice and promotion of complete (or T-total) abstinence from alcoholic beverages.
Nephalism, temperance, abstinence and restraint are acceptable synonyms for teetotalism.
Teetotaled - Being forced into a life of teetotalism due to allergy.
Addiction in the Nineteenth Century (950 words)
The teetotal movement began as a reaction against what it viewed as the hypocrisy of arguments for moderation and middle-class patronage; its leadership was more working class, and it had more ties to political movements such as Chartism.
Neither temperance nor teetotalism contained a concept of "addiction" as a disease; both viewed it more as a moral failing that the individual could correct if surrounded with better influences, such as alternative venues to pubs, community meetings at which members told their personal stories, propagandistic literature, and rituals such as the pledge.
Part of the teetotal ritual was the platform speech - a public, first-person confessional narrative of the drunkard's past, combined with a pledge to abstain henceforth.
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