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The Virtue of Temperance Contra "Mere Moderation" -- (De Bibendo, Prima Pars)

The Virtue of Temperance Contra "Mere Moderation" -- (De Bibendo, Prima Pars)

Temperance in the American historical imagination has become synonymous with dumping beer in the gutter, and this mother-of-all party fouls was backed by the force of law. All this came to pass because temperance, in its many applications, is so fundamentally misunderstood. Oscillating between binging and purging (in matters of drink and all others besides), our culture's confusion about temperance provides us with few alternatives to this unhealthy pattern. A meditation on temperance and drinking is timely indeed.