Chemical Use, Abuse, and Dependency

Conference Health Statements

The Seventh-day Adventist Church, officially organized in 1863, early in its history addressed the use of beverage alcohol and tobacco. The Church condemned the use of both as destructive to life, family, and spirituality. She adopted, in practice, a definition of temperance which urged “total abstinence from that which is injurious, and the careful and judicious use of that which is good.”
The position of the Church with respect to the use of alcohol and tobacco has not changed.

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