पथ्ये सति गदार्तस्य भेषजग्रहणेन किम|
पथ्येऽसति गदार्तस्य भेषजग्रहणेन किम||

When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct,medicine is of no need.
Ayurveda View of Alcohol
किन्तु मद्यं स्वाभवेन् यथैवान्नं तथा स्मृतम् |
अयुक्तियुक्तं रोगाय युक्तियुक्तम् यथामृतम ||

Naturally alcohol is like dietory food only, as our daily food gives nutrition to our body and mind as same manner alcohol is beneficial for body, when we consume it with ideal quantity and rules which mention in Ayurveda.
The authoritative Ayurvedic text said about the consumption of alcohol both for benefit and as a dangerous toxin.

Alcohol Warning from Ayurveda

In Ayurveda text mentioned alcohol consumption and alcoholism begins with the warning that alcohol is considered a toxin. It provides a list of strict rules for the consumption of alcohol and states strongly that if alcohol is taken, strict rules apply, and only then should it be consumed.

Ideal Dose of Alcohol in Ayurveda

Morning after breakfast
80 ml
In afternoon after lunch which enrich with oil and Cow ghee
160 ml
At bed time (night) after dinner.
320 ml

(All above doses of alcohol which mention in text is now days practically NOT tolerable)

The first rules establish pre-conditions of external and internal purification, the right type of clothing, bath and the taking of the right food in accordance with the seasons. The rules include describe what types of container the alcohol should be served in, what type of food should be taken, and other small points. There are also strict rules governing the effects of alcohol consumption on Vata, Pitta and Kapha constitutions. These rules are meant to prepare the person to counteract the imbalance created by alcohol on each specific dosha.
The Ayurvedic straightforward said that:
If you have not prepared your body to take a poison properly then don’t do it.

Alcohol – The Opposite of Ojas

What is OJAS?
OJAS is main factor which is responsible for long and health life of body, combination of all dhatu's by which our whole body and systems of body made.

All these qualities of alcohol are the opposite of qualities of OJAS.

Quality alcohol
Effect on the body
Ushna (Hot)
Increases excess heat in body.
Tikshna (Sharp)
Divert mind towards wrong decision & have potential to cut internal body-systems or organ silently.
Suksma (Subtle)
Ability to enter each and every body organ.
Amla (Sour)
Responsible for blood impure, increase appetite.
Vyavaei (Pervading all of the body)
Which increase interest towards sex.
Divert a mind rapidly towards bad habits or things.
Ruksha (Rough)
Increase Vaat in body which disturb body eqilibrium.
Vikashi (Expansive)
Ablity to spread rapidly in body after drink.
Visada (Drying)
Destroy sperms in body ultimately affects reproductive system.

All above mention quality of Alcohol which destroy OJAS of body and destroy body system slowly and saliently.

Modern Science Research on Mind-Body Damage from Alcohol

Alcoholism is characterised by an increased tolerance of and physical dependence on alcohol, affecting an individual's ability to control alcohol consumption safely. These characteristics are believed to play a role in impeding an alcoholic's ability to stop drinking. Alcoholism can have adverse effects on mental health, causing psychiatric disorders and increasing the risk of suicide.The onset of depression is a common symptom.


Long-term alcohol abuse can cause a number of physical symptoms, including cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis,epilepsy, poly neuropathy, alcoholic dementia, heart disease, nutritional deficiencies, Acidity, peptic ulcers and sexual dysfunction, and can eventually be fatal.
Other physical effects include an increased risk of developing disease related with heart , mal absorption , alcoholic liver disease, and cancer.
Damage to the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system can occur from sustained alcohol consumption. A wide range of immunologic defects can result and there may be a generalized skeletal fragility, in addition to a recognized tendency to accidental injury, resulting a propensity to bone fractures.

Especially in Western countries, women develop long-term complications of alcohol dependence more rapidly than do men. Additionally, women have a higher mortality rate from alcoholism than men. Examples of long-term complications include brain, heart, and liver damage and an increased risk of breast cancer. Additionally, heavy drinking over time has been found to have a negative effect on reproductive functioning in women. This results in reproductive dysfunction such as aovulation, decreased ovarian mass, problems or irregularity of the menstrual cycle, and early menopause. Alcoholic ketoacidosis can occur in individuals who chronically abuse alcohol and have a recent history of binge drinking.


Long-term misuse of alcohol can cause a wide range of mental health problems. Severe cognitive problems are common; approximately 10 percent of all dementia cases are related to alcohol consumption, making it the second leading cause of dementia. Excessive alcohol use causes damage to brain function, and psychological health can be increasingly affected over time.
Psychiatric disorders are common in alcoholics, with as many as 25 percent suffering severe psychiatric disturbances. The most prevalent psychiatric symptoms are anxiety and depression disorders. Psychiatric symptoms usually initially worsen during alcohol withdrawal.
Psychiatric disorders differ depending on gender. Women who have alcohol-use disorders often have a co-occurring psychiatric diagnosis such as major depression, anxiety, panic disorder.

Social effects

The social problems arising from alcoholism are serious, caused by the pathological changes in the brain and the intoxicating effects of alcohol. Alcohol abuse is associated with an increased risk of committing criminal offences, including child abuse, domestic violence, rape, burglary and assault. Alcoholism is associated with loss of employment, which can lead to financial problems. Drinking at inappropriate time , and behaviour caused by reduced judgment, can lead to legal consequences, such as criminal charges for drunk driving or public disorder, or civil penalties for tortuous behaviour , and may lead to a criminal sentence.

Alcohol withdrawal

Alcohol dependence can be fatal if it is not properly managed. When alcohol consumption is stopped too abruptly, the person's nervous system suffers from uncontrolled synapse firing. This can result in symptoms that include anxiety, life threatening seizures, delirium tremens, hallucinations, shakes and possible heart failure. So withdrawal of alcohol should be done by under physician advice.

Ayurvedic Alcohol (Asav and Aristh)

Certain Ayurvedic preparations called Arishtas are herbalized wines of which there are many varieties for a variety of ills. They are generally delicious and when taken appropriately under guidance from someone with knowledge have great benefit. The amounts taken are generally no more than 4 to 6 teaspoons after meals. Ayurved alcohol which is self generated alcohol from various herbs especially from BLACK GRAPES and useful for body health.


निवृतो यस्तु मद्येभ्यो जितात्मा बुद्धिपुर्वकृत |
विकारै: स्पृश्यते जातु न स शारीरमानसै:||

Ayurveda and me personally as Ayurveda consultant would like to advice that a person who do not drink alcohol (beer, whisky, wine, vodka etc.) will not get suffer by any kind of physical and mental disorders.
Even Ayurveda said alcohol in small quantity beneficial for health but unfortunately 80% our society do not have will power which useful for alcohol intake in small quantity.