Apparently it used to be quite common for Catholics to ‘take the pledge’, i.e. to give up alcohol as a penance. In particular, the pioneer association was a major part of Scottish and Irish Catholicism (perhaps in proportion to our incredible tolerance for the booze!) pioneertotal.ie/pioneer/
Has anyone here taken the pledge? Is this devotion still around? I don’t usually drink. I don’t think I’ve touched alcohol for about 3 months, but find the one thing that makes me want a drink is when I tell myself ‘I’ll not drink during Lent’ or something similar, that kind of promise makes me want to go and get wasted the day after Easter:blush: . I don’t really know how I’d react to saying I’ll never drink again, or why I would make such a pledge, rather than just not drinking today.