A sane and sensible approach to the many aspects of drinking covers human needs and requirements from abstinence to alcoholism, and, in an examination of facts, figures and moral standards, sets up a practical code for the enjoyment of drinking in moderation. As a member of the Catholic Church Father Ford discusses sobriety from a religionist's point of view. Mere self denial is not a virtue. More important is the decision -- to drink or not -- that each individual must make for himself on the basis of the facts and the consequences they may have. That there are 4,000,000 alcoholics in the United States whose lives and family's lives are affected is perhaps the most important factor. Further topics include misconceptions about alcohol (that it is ""manly"" to drink, etc.); the social pressures to drink (the rudeness of urging it on others); the amounts an average person can take before reaching various technical levels of intoxication; a gauge for moderation; and finally the progress and harsh cure -- of true alcoholism. These form material for the basis of sound personal and social codes.