Drug Abuse pp 123-127 | Cite as

Patterns of Drug Abuse in India

  • K. C. Dube
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 20)


The use or abuse of dependence producing drugs in India has long traditional and social roots going back to 2000 BC to early Indo-Aryan civilization. The current use should be viewed in the historical perspective to understand the religious, social, cultural and other influence that play a part in it. In “Charak Samhita” (a book on Ayurvedic medicine by Charak in vedic literature), the whole of the Chapter 24 is devoted to the qualities and ill effects of the excess use of alcohol. The administration of alcohol as an anaesthetic in labour was practised in ancient India.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. C. Dube
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  1. 1.Mental HospitalAgra-2India

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