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A lack of moderation. Habitual intemperance is that degree of intemperance in the use of intoxicating liquor which disqualifies the person a great portion of the time from properly attending to business. Habitual or excessive use of liquor.



See: debauchery, dipsomania, exaggeration, greed, inebriation, waste
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Burton's intemperance is clearly the key factor that contributes to the family's decline, the dilapidation of "the wretched cottage" can be additionally explained with the parsimony of the landlady.
But he offers enough of the ugly human emotions, moral failings, and intemperance to generate much pseudo-sacred -- sacrilegious?
And yet despite the Church's long and distinquished history of campaigning against intemperance, the monks of Buckfast have taken a vow of silence on the role their product plays north of the Border.
One must disengage from what might be called the frenetic intemperance of the times where all must be pleasurable, instant and shallow.
For Hannis virtues of acknowledged ecological dependence are those that, like humility, are opposed to and threatened by character traits such as arrogance and the pride, envy, greed, intemperance, selfishness and indifference underlying ecologically unsustainable consumerism.
When there is a danger of the body politic being corrupted by the king's intemperance, a new hybrid can be formed with the "person of loyal retainers and viceregents," demonstrating that "the state as an independent entity .
l) And all these scarce one excepted, no not Epicurus himself (if we may beleive his Apologists and Advocates) (13) have agreed in the common Sentiments of Morality: There may be possibly a Diagorus or a Lucian, that may at least despise much of the gentile Religion: But where shall we find any of any note, or esteem that ever held or taught that all things were equally Just or honest, that there is no difference between Decorum et turpe (a) [the decent and shameful], antecedent to human Laws comanding or forbiding that ever condemned or prohibited Justice, beneficence, keeping faith, modesty, sobriety temperance, reverence and Worship of God, or that commended, (b) or by a Law enacted impiety injustice, injury, perfidiousnes, impudence, intemperance, ingratitude;
Maybe, the President should better be President, and not climb into the ring with the prize fighter and let his intemperance show.
The prose is so descriptive that it borders on intemperance.
And what is more, it has the power to make fools out of normally sane people and can lead to intemperance and on occasions shaky marriages.
In 1886, for example, Douglass wrote a letter to The Issue magazine in which he declared himself a prohibitionist: "The sober contemplation of the evils of intemperance not only upon the dram drinker, but upon his family, his friends, and upon society generally, has compelled me to go the whole length for prohibition.