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