I am placing this thread in the this section rather than in the general area because I hope to find some very real practical Scriptural views on this subject. I will state the subject as if I hold the view, which will make it easier to express. In discussion over social issues with a dear friend, I mentioned that I am libertarian in that I think that humankind should be allowed to engage in whatever activity (particularly drugs, alcohol, ...) that does not harm anyone else. However, when harm of any sort is inflicted then society has a duty to impose just and right punishment. For instance, if a person is drunk and kills another, then that person forfeits their life. If a person on drugs harms family member(s), then that person forfeits the right to be a member of the family. I base such a libertarian view upon the OT Hebrew societal laws in which matters were dealt with swiftly and severely. But there was also tremendous freedom. OK, now that is the scenario (not that I actually have that view). One last point that is EXTREMELY important to keep in mind: The above is NOT principles for the believer to live, but for the heathen unregenerate fallen humankind that have no interest in God or the things of God other than that imprinting of the ten commandments.