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Mental and Moral Effects of Heredity

238. Tobacco and liquor stupefy and defile the user. But the evil does not stop here. He transmits irritable tempers, polluted blood, enfeebled intellects, and weak morals to his children.—Testimonies for the Church 4:31. HL 58.1

239. Those who have indulged the appetite for these stimulants have transmitted their depraved appetites and passions to their children and greater moral power is required to resist intemperance in all its forms.—Testimonies for the Church 3:488. HL 58.2

240. As a rule, every intemperate man who rears children transmits his inclinations and evil tendencies to his offspring.—Testimonies for the Church 4:30. HL 58.3

241. Parents who freely use wine and liquor leave to their children the legacy of a feeble constitution, mental and moral debility, unnatural appetites, irritable temper, and an inclination to vice.... The child of the drunkard or the tobacco inebriate usually has the depraved appetites and passions of the father intensified, and at the same time inherits less of his self-control and strength of mind.—The Health Reformer, August 1, 1878. HL 58.4