Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person's brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medicine. Substances such as alcohol, marijuana and nicotine also are considered drugs.
Ayurveda believes that alcohol quickly and directly impacts the heart and mind, influencing the gunas that make up our doshas. The ultimate result is that alcohol detracts from our ojas, or the subtle life force in our body that determines our mental and physical radiance.
(AL-kuh-hol) A chemical substance found in drinks such as beer, wine, and liquor. It is also found in some medicines, mouthwashes, household products, and essential oils (scented liquid taken from certain plants). It is made by a chemical process called fermentation that uses sugars and yeast.
According to Ayurveda, if consumed in moderation, alcohol could be good for us as it aids healthy digestion, relieves stress as well as gives us good sleep. In fact, Ayurveda prescribes alcohol as a co-drink with certain Ayurvedic medicines like Trayodashang Guggulu.