Teetotaler (from Latin abstemius) Who is do not drink alcoholic liquids , as came or liqueur . The concept is linked to who chooses the abstinence (the voluntary renunciation of satisfying an appetite or pleasing a wish ).
Abstinence, in general, can be linked to various types of renunciations, such as having sex or eating certain foods. This decision may arise due to personal convictions (someone who refrains from eating food of animal origin, as with veganism) or for religious or cultural reasons (sexual abstinence in the case of the Catholic Church).
The term abstemious, however, usually refers to who does not consume alcoholic beverages . There are several reasons that can lead to person to become abstemious: consider that alcohol is a sin or a path to this, fear that drinking leads to a addiction (alcoholism ) or observe the damage caused by alcohol in a loved one, are some of the reasons that explain why such a decision.
In a strict sense, there are those who consider that the abstemious are those who have never drank alcohol in a lifetime. From this point of view, the subjects who have decided to stop drinking at a certain time or the recovered alcoholics are not abstemious.
The social consideration about abstemiousness is diverse, although it must always be recognized that it is a personal decision. Some believe that the abstemious are fearful people who do not believe they can control themselves before a stimulus like alcohol, while others congratulate the strength to take a similar position and not submit to the pressure of society.
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Those who decide not to drink alcohol, whether they have never done so or who wish to change their tastes, must face a difficult reality: society It encourages us to drink. Beer, for example, is a symbol of group fun, joyful moments with friends, celebration and adulthood, and its reach is global.
A normal person does not usually contemplate the possibility that the adults around him do not drink alcohol. This does not mean that abstemians only find hostility; the problem is that there is no well defined and respected space for them in the structure social to which we belong. In other words: not drinking alcohol is synonymous with being weird.
A phenomenon Similar occurs with non-smokers, although their case is somewhat different. In the first place, tobacco contributes to environmental pollution in a very particular and direct way, and its consumption has been banned in bars and shops in many parts of the world, something that does not happen with alcohol, since it is not harmful unless that is ingested in huge quantities.
To accentuate even more the degree of exclusion of being abstemious in today's society, when the media tries to paint a picture of loneliness, they show a person drinking in the dark or illuminated by a sad lamp. He system It does not allow abstemians to be part of fashion trends, or enjoy outings with friends, but it also does not give them the right to be alone, to have no one to worry about them or who to worry about; because the system does not want them to exist.
And it is that only a few years ago, in 2010, the collection of the five most important alcoholic beverage companies in the world was around 230 million dollars. As in the case of tobacco, economic interests are stronger than the damages that these products may cause to the population, and when a person decides, for whatever reason, step aside, declare war on industry.