Prohibition in reference to alcoholic beverages has always been a goal of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ellen White wrote in 1881: “The advocates of temperance fail to do their whole duty unless they exert their influence by precept and example—by voice and pen and vote—in favor of prohibition and total abstinence” ( Review and Herald 58:290, Nov. 8, 1881). The church has encouraged prohibition as one means of protecting society from the ravages of liquor. “Let laws be enacted and rigidly enforced prohibiting the sale and the use of ardent spirits as a beverage” ( GW 388). Seventh-day Adventists took an active, often a leading, part in the campaign in the United States leading up to the enactment of the prohibition amendment in 1919, and have vigorously supported similar me...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.