I recently began taking chinese medicine, zhong yao, is it okay to drink alcohol at the same time?

Don't know. I cannot find that name in my compendium of herbal medications. What is is supposed to be for? In general, alcohol is not good with anybody who is taking virtually any medication, whether herbal or not. You might talk with a knowledgeable pharmacist at the general nutrition center near you. Also, are we talking about one drink, or 10 drinks every day? Makes a big difference.
Yes. Herbal remedies tend to be a lot more forgiving than medications when combined with alcohol; of course moderation is to be recommended at all times.