To those who believe social drinking to be harmless, I...

To those who believe social drinking to be harmless, I prayerfully address this testimony.

Like most Frenchmen, my father was proud of his wine cellar. As a small child I was educated to distinguish between fine and poor wine, and because water is not considered pure in Paris, it seemed natural to substitute wine. I was taught that the only sin in drinking is to show any outward sign of loss of self-control. Accordingly, I grew up able to drink easily, showing no intemperance.

After my marriage in America, I became interested in Christian Science. Analyzing the character of the friend who best exemplified this religion to me, I noticed that the chief difference between us was that she did not smoke, gamble, or drink. I knew nothing of Christian Science, but as long as I was to be a Christian Scientist, I meant to be a good one; therefore, the day our law of prohibition went into effect, the habits mentioned were discontinued. I had at that time no understanding to back my abstinence—only blind will. Three years passed, but my taste for wine had not abated.

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Before I became interested in Christian Science, I had...
October 1, 1938

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