Srimad Bhagavatam (1.17.38) advises that these five things should be rejected: dyutam: gambling, or diplomacy; panam: intoxication, including tea, coffee, betel, and everything else; striyah: unlawful, illegal woman-love; suna: butchering, and the transaction of gold. Trade in gold makes one very apathetic towards progress in the line of faith. These five are very tempting. What to speak of the mania that intoxication will help us in our meditation upon the transcendental, Devarsi Narada says, yamadibir yoga-pathaih kama- lobha hato muhuh: even what we acquire by meditation is temporary and has no permanent effect. Only real faith in the line of pure devotion can help us.
[Excerpted from the 2nd Chapter: “Saints Scriptures and Gurus” of “Sri Krsna: Reality the Beautiful.” From Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaja’s Folio]