Term for abstinence (lat. abstinere = contained). The term is often associated with abstinence from alcohol or meat dishes or with sexual abstinence. Especially "abstainer" colloquially refers to a person who abstains from alcohol. In connection with excessive alcohol consumption, the temperance movements (abstinence) emerged in the 19th century. See also under alcoholism, prohibition, health, prohibition, intoxication, drinking culture and drinking.