In the 19th century
Methodism identified itself with the 'total abstinence' temperance
movement. This was at a time when social evils such
as poverty and domestic violence were greatly exacerbated by
Strong drink was cheap, and many suffered. By encouraging and
helping people to abstain, many lives were improved.
Methodism has retained a reputation for temperance, but today,
alcohol consumption for Methodists is a matter of personal
choice. See the view of the Church on alcohol.
However the Church is still concerned to help those who might
put themselves in danger.
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