A simple definition of temperance is “moderation”. Good things are used intelligently, and harmful things are not used at all. The goal of temperate living is peak physical, mental and emotional wellbeing Temperance does not just involve alcohol, tobacco and drug use. It refers to all aspects of our lifestyle, whether it be overeating overworking too much play, or too little/much of anything Such unbalanced living robs men and women of a rich, healthy and satisfying life.