The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also called Mormon) has a health code generally referred to as the "Word of Wisdom"; Written in 1833, this code includes various dietary and other recommendations, including abstention from using tobacco and drinking alcohol, coffee, and tea. Although some of these dietary behaviors tend to be strictly followed by Church members, others are not. The purpose of this paper is to identify how a homogeneous group of young church members interpret and adhere to the proscriptive and prescriptive directives of the Word of Wisdom.
Jorgensen, Rick B. and Merrill, Ray M.
"Interpretation and Adherence to the Prescriptive Elements of the Word of Wisdom among Latter-day Saints,"
Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy: Vol. 33
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/irp/vol33/iss1/7