Being a "good sport"

[Written Especially for Young People]

To many young persons in these seemingly perplexing times, the question of whether to use tobacco and alcohol presents itself almost daily. May they not be used in moderation for sociability's sake? Is it not right to indulge them. when this bears the approving stamp of what is called our best society? Should we not yield when our friends urge us to join them and so "be a good sport"?

To the Christian Scientist, the answer to these questions is in the negative. The reason for this answer lies in the fact that even a moderate use of tobacco and alcohol tends to lower an individual's moral sense. Furthermore, as alcohol and nicotine are habit-forming drugs—the desire for them growing with the using—moderate use of them permits evil eventually to establish the habit. Our Leader has told us (Science and Health, p. 454) that "the use of tobacco or intoxicating drinks is not in harmony with Christian Science."

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