Mr. Wrench, generally abstemious, often drank wine rather freely at a party, getting the more irritable in consequence.
It was ill-chosen; for Mr. Brooke was an abstemious man, and to drink a second glass of sherry quickly at no great interval from the first was a surprise to his system which tended to scatter his energies instead of collecting them.
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She had begun to drink, not heavily—what she drank did not even hesitantly slur her speech—but the three or four mild glasses of whiskey and water she downed during that gray wet afternoon comprised a surprising departure for one who, like Nathan, had been relatively abstemious.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
You know me: I am busy from morning till night and abstemious, so of course I am well.