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Survey shows 40 percent of evangelists drink 'in moderation' in social situations


(RNS) A survey of evangelical leaders shows that 40 percent said they “socially drink alcohol.”

Some leaders, in a survey conducted by the National Association of Evangelicals, noted that they imbibe “in moderation,” “on special occasions,” “occasionally,” and “never in excess.”

The other 60 percent said they did not drink. Among the reasons they cited were their denominational policy supporting abstention from alcohol, a family history of alcoholism, or a desire to set an example for younger generations.

The NAE polls its 112-member board on a different topic each month. The board includes leaders of denominations, ministries, and universities.