The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 17, Issue 4, Winter 2017

Timothy Hsiao
Pages 605-614

Why Recreational Drug Use Is Immoral

This paper argues for two claims. First, recreational drug use is immoral because it undermines cognitive functioning. Second, for similar reasons, the state has a prima facie public policy interest in enacting legal restrictions on recreational drug use. In this context, “recreational drug use” refers to activities in which a person uses some intoxicating substance to impair, destroy, or otherwise frustrate the functioning of his cognitive faculties for the sake of pleasure or enjoyment.