Keeping a sharp mind and a steady will; not allowing yourself to be overtaken by intoxicants.

Intoxication can be a coping strategy for dealing with stress. If you over-use that strategy, it might be worthwhile to strengthen some of the other possible strategies.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • abandon
  • drunkenness
  • inebriation
  • intoxication

Virtues possibly in tension


How to acquire or strengthen it

  • A lot of people swear by “12 Step” groups. The latest research suggests that AA is effective.

Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “Men do many things in their drink that they are ashamed of sober; drunkenness being nothing else but a voluntary madness, it emboldens men to do all sorts of mischief; it both irritates wickedness and discovers it.” ―Seneca