Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and vaping products are not permitted within the church building or on church property. The only alcohol that is permitted within the church facility is wine which is strictly used for Mass.
We know that certain substances can be harmful to the body, which is a temple of the Holy Spirit. As such, abuse (using too much) of either should be avoided altogether. Some have argued that moderate use of alcohol is acceptable and even beneficial, while tobacco and vape products use should be avoided due to their harmful effects. We know much more about the deadly effects of nicotine than we did in years past.
The Bible does not explicitly forbid the use of alcohol or tobacco, but it does provide guidance on the use of substances. For example, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought at a great price. Glorify and carry God in your body.”
The decision to use tobacco or alcohol is a personal one that should be based on careful consideration of one’s own health, the impact on others, and one’s relationship with God. It is important to exercise self-control and wisdom in any decision related to substance use.
Catholics are encouraged to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle, and to avoid anything that might harm themselves or others physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Every Christian is called to be responsible and considerate in their use of tobacco and alcohol, taking into account the effects of their actions on themselves and others.
Concerning the use of marijuana: The Church teaches that Catholics should respect the laws of their country and strive to live a virtuous life. The Church of Jerusalem discourages the recreational use of marijuana and other drugs. Medical use of marijuana for pain is permitted.
In some countries, marijuana use is illegal, and members of the Church are called to obey the laws of their country unless they are asked to do something that is contrary to God’s Law. Therefore, members should not use marijuana in countries where it is illegal. Clerics and monastics who use marijuana or any other drug for recreational purposes are subject to being disciplined and possibly removed from their duties.
Ultimately, Catholics should strive to live a virtuous life and make decisions that are in line with the faith and the teachings of the Church.
Anyone who is suffering from addiction should seek advice from their priest and consult professional counsellors. There are various programs available to assist in breaking alcohol and drug addictions. No one should feel shame for seeking appropriate guidance.
What is the danger of nicotine use?
Nicotine is a highly addictive substance found in tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco. Nicotine use can have several harmful effects on the body, including:
Addiction: Nicotine is highly addictive and can cause dependence, making it difficult for people to quit using tobacco products.
Cardiovascular disease: Nicotine increases heart rate and blood pressure, which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Respiratory disease: Smoking can damage the lungs and cause respiratory diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Cancer: Tobacco use is a major cause of many types of cancer, including lung cancer, throat cancer, and bladder cancer.
Pregnancy complications: Nicotine use during pregnancy can increase the risk of complications such as premature birth, low birth weight, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Oral health problems: Smokeless tobacco can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer.
Overall, nicotine use is harmful to health and can have serious long-term consequences. Quitting nicotine use can improve overall health and reduce the risk of developing serious health conditions.
Is vaping dangerous?
Vaping, or the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), has been marketed as a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. However, there are still several dangers associated with vaping. Here are some of the potential dangers:
Nicotine addiction: E-cigarettes still contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can lead to dependence.
Respiratory problems: Vaping can cause lung inflammation and damage, as well as increased risk of respiratory infections.
Chemical exposure: E-cigarettes can expose users to harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acrolein, which are known carcinogens.
Cardiovascular disease: Vaping can increase heart rate and blood pressure, which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Poisoning: E-liquids used in e-cigarettes can be toxic if ingested, particularly for children and pets.
Battery explosions: There have been cases of e-cigarette batteries exploding, causing burns and other injuries.
Overall, vaping is not risk-free and can have serious health consequences. It is important to be aware of the potential dangers and make informed decisions about the use of e-cigarettes.
What are the dangers of alcohol abuse?
Alcohol abuse can have numerous negative effects on an individual’s health and overall well-being. Here are some of the dangers associated with alcohol abuse:
Addiction: Alcohol is a highly addictive substance that can lead to physical and psychological dependence.
Liver disease: Chronic alcohol abuse can cause liver damage, leading to diseases such as fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, and cirrhosis.
Cardiovascular disease: Long-term alcohol abuse can increase the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Mental health problems: Alcohol abuse can lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.
Cancer: Alcohol use is a risk factor for several types of cancer, including liver cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer.
Accidents and injuries: Alcohol use impairs judgment, coordination, and reaction time, increasing the risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
Social and interpersonal problems: Alcohol abuse can cause relationship problems, financial difficulties, and legal issues.
Overall, alcohol abuse is a serious health issue that can have significant consequences. It is important to drink in moderation and seek help if you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol abuse.
What can I do to deal with addiction?
Dealing with addiction can be a challenging and complex process. Here are some steps that can help:
Admitting there is a problem: Acknowledge that addiction is a problem and that help is needed. Accept that addiction is a chronic disease and requires ongoing management.
Seeking religious and professional help: Reach out to your priest for advice and to a healthcare professional or addiction specialist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Treatment may include counseling, therapy, medication, or a combination of these approaches.
Building a support network: Surround yourself with positive and supportive people who understand addiction and can offer encouragement and guidance.
Making lifestyle changes: Develop a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, a nutritious diet, stress-reduction techniques, meditation and regular prayer.
Avoiding triggers: Identify and avoid triggers that may lead to relapse, such as people, places, or situations associated with substance use.
Developing coping strategies: Learn effective coping strategies to manage cravings and avoid relapse. These strategies may include mindfulness techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or other behavioral therapies.
Staying committed to recovery: Recognize that addiction is a chronic condition and that recovery requires ongoing effort and commitment. Stay motivated and focused on the benefits of sobriety, and seek support when needed.
Remember that recovery is a process, and setbacks are common. Don’t give up hope and continue to take steps towards a healthy and fulfilling life.