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Temperance != Abstinence

A common mistake is for people who are completely against the drinking of alcohol to refer to themselves as being pro temperance.

Temperance means moderation - a reasonable amount - considered use. For example Saudi Arabia is one of the most intemperate countries in the world. The USA, during the prohibition, was (officially) totally intemperate.

There can be debates and guidance what it temperate - 2 units a week, 7, 14 or whatever but 0 is intemperate. If you do feel that 0 is the best option, use a better word.

This site is going to be full of people who like precision. Coding, and IT in general, is hard without it. Anyone who is mentioned here saying temperance but meaning abstinence should have it put in inverted commas.

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