Do Sikhs drink alcohol?

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There is no doubt about the fact that alcohol is a drug. If you are Sikh, you are being prohibited from drinking alcohol.

Alcohol is a depressant which means that once you drink or just consume it in any other way, the normal functioning of the brain will be altered. People were created to function using the right and recommended judgment and once you consume alcohol, you won’t do what’s acceptable. There is a specific part of the brain that controls judgment and whenever you drink alcohol, this is the first part to be affected.

Did you know that your stability and physical coordination is hindered when you drink several alcoholic drinks? Drinking alcohol will lead to liver cirrhosis which is an irreversible disease which kills the cells on the liver. Once they die, they turn into fibrous thus limiting is intended purpose on your body system.


The Gurus ideally banned the use of any drug that causes intoxication because of the harmful effects it can cause.

What the Sikh booklet of Code of Conduct (The Panthic Sikh Rehat Maryada) States

It states that “”(j) A Sikh must not take hemp (cannabis), opium, liquor, tobacco, in short any intoxicant. His only routine intake should be food.”

(SRM: Chapter X, Article XVI)”

How about the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Stand on Alcohol?

According to this it states that “Do not drink the false alcohol at all, as far as it lies in your power.”

(SGGS – 544)”

“Drinking wine, his intelligence departs, and madness enters his mind;”

“He cannot distinguish between his own and others,”

“He is struck down by his Lord and Master” (SGGS p554)

How about Gurbani Stand on Alcohol

The water of Ganges is considered to be the purest of them all and even if alcohol is made from it, you should not drink it. The line states this:

“Even if wine is made from the water of the Ganges, O Saints, do not drink it.

(SGGS p1293)”

Example of Major Risks Caused by Alcohol

• Liver cirrhosis

• Gastrointestinal complications

• Stomach ulcers

• Risks of various forms of cancer including that of the liver

• High blood pressure

• Cardiac arrest

• Obesity

In general, the Gurus forbid us from drinking alcohol no matter the situation hence you should NOT DRINK IT at all.

5 Things that the Gurus Tells the Sikh about Alcohol

• You will get a lot of misery by drinking it.

• You will not differentiate between your friends and enemies when you take it.

• You will commit lots of sin when intoxicated.

• Drinking it will lead you to do a lot of wicked things.

• Do everything to avoid it and rather get intoxicated by getting drunk with the nectar of how He remembers us.

According to the Persian language, it is referred to as Sharaab. It basically means water that can cause mischief. Your intellect is destroyed once you drink alcohol. Waheguru will be forsaken by a Sikh who takes alcohol because you are wasting your life.

As a Sikh, you should therefore shun alcohol for good.

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