ALCOHOLICS: Not so Anonymous!


My first interaction with Himanshu was in a Blog-a-ton Bloggers meet earlier this year. I was not a member but decided to go to the meet. Besides being a Pilot with the Kingfisher airlines he is also a social activist who has done much work at the grass root level. A patriot, he uses the moniker Azad on the blog world.

One must have heard about the incident where Kerala chief Minister Acchutanand was denied by a bereaved father to enter his house. Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s father, when asked the cameras and the CM to leave his house because he was fed up of dog’s sniffing his home to make sure of the CM’s safety, CM sahab was appalled!  A father who has just lost his son for the nation, deserves to be left alone if he wants to but what he gets in return? ““It was for sandeep I had gone, otherwise even a DOG wouldn’t have visited them.

And all this charade because Kerala govt. was offering Maj. Unnikrishnan’s family a royal sum of Rs.3 Lakhs!

Now that i am done with bashing Acchutanand and his politics, let me take your attention somewhere else. Recently i heard a news piece and it really sparked my interest. 26 people died after consuming illegal liquor in Mallapuram district, Kerala. Family of the deceased have been awarded Rs.5 lakhs and a few people who were blinded due to the liquor got Rs.4 Lakhs. After I overcame the initial sense of dread i tried to find out what was going on actually. As we all know, Kerala is the most literate state of India. But a little known fact is, it also is the most Liquor-consuming state of our nation with per capita consumption of 8.7 litres of alcohol which is equal to Americans and more than Polish (8.1 Litres). Second rank is sought by Punjab with 7.9 litres. Kerala govt. is about to earn Rs.6500 crores from sales of alcohol alone this financial year. (It may well be the reason for valuing an alcoholic’s life more than a martyr’s) And why to blame Kearal alone, the national policy towards alcohol has been changing very rapidly and sadly central govt. seems happy with the way things are going.

In last 20 years, the number of alcohol consumers has seen a drastic change. While only 1 in 300 people used to consume it, now 1 out of every 20 people consumes alcohol. Social acceptance has increased and it is not considered evil any more. There was a time when Indian cinema too was very conservative in the portrayal of alcohol on screen but slowly the social stigma attached to alcohol has reduced! People now accept alcoholism readily. Boys drink because they want to be masculine, girls drink even more as they want to enjoy there new found liberation! Now pardon this Bihari small towner if he fails to understand the logic which directly connects alcohol with being modern!!

Article 41 of Indian constitution says ,“The state shall regard the raising of the level of nutrition and standard of living of its people as among its primary duties and in particular, the state shall endeavour to bring about prohibition of the use except for medicinal purposes of intoxicating drinks and of drugs which are injurious to health.”


The state seems to have forgotten this tenet and has prime focus on the tax money which pours in with this lucrative trade! I do not advocate martial law being enforced and alcohol to be banned, but at the same time an individual, if not stopped, should also not be pushed towards it! Delhi govt. with it’s recent policy shift, has now given permission to open liquor shops in malls! And the result is obvious, you can see young men and women, who earlier avoided going to the ‘thekas’, queuing up at the fashionable mall and procuring their favourite brand of beer/whiskey/rum! And i do not blame them at all as this is how things are these days. On the other hand i would ask the govt. officials if they have considered making available cocaine or Heroin for these youngsters or not. That would be an even bigger source of revenue!

Gujrat, theoretically is a dry state. Where I do not deny alcohol being available there, Gujrat proves a very important point for the advocates of alcohol. A state, or nation as a matter of fact, does not have to rely on sale of alcohol or cigarettes to survive. Although the government has played the facade of banning advertisements from all alcohol companies but you can still see them running ads in the name of “Mineral water” or “Music CD’s”!!

On the cost of being considered obsolete and anti-modern, i still believe alcoholism is a problem and government should consider denouncing it on a public scale via media and social messages. For the rich, it may still be a past time, for poor it results in loss of lives.

P.S- I know many of you would reply with the obvious statement, “Wine/alcohol is good for heart”. It is still very strongly debated in scientific circles and a concrete result has yet to be found. (Link)

 

JAI HIND

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11 Responses to “ALCOHOLICS: Not so Anonymous!”
  1. cooltwins says:

    a really good post… 🙂

    a major who passed away fighting for the nation gets rs. 3 lakhs. when a person who dies drinking alcohol gets rs. 5 lakhs…

    people are going crazy…

    “On the cost of being considered obsolete and anti-modern, i still believe alcoholism is a problem and government should consider denouncing it on a public scale via media and social messages. For the rich, it may still be a past time, for poor it results in loss of lives.” – i only wish it would happen…

  2. Very Superb Post!!
    Well said..
    **a major who passed away fighting for the nation gets rs. 3 lakhs. when a person who dies drinking alcohol gets rs. 5 lakhs… **
    damn politics sucks again….Can’t we do anything?

    • Azad says:

      Hey Sahithi,
      Thanks for the praise. We cant do anything other than trying to clean our own closets and spread awareness amongst our friends. And if possible, join politics and raise these issues…

      • Hmm…By seeing all these damn poly tricks how can we join politics. They won’t let us to come also. They won’t let us to do something good for the society.

  3. Sapna says:

    Superb post!!! Politics is indeed a dirty game….

  4. harish says:

    Alcohol kills brain cells. We take the only organ in our body that won’t grow back and we kill it for fun.- Cary Oddes, US comedian.

  5. Awesome post. I ask, why doesn’t govt consider promoting tourism , which may fetch them far more revenue than what alochol fetches ? And it will also put India on a higher step in global scenario.

    The best thing about this post is that the post came from “A kingfisher employee !!”
    🙂

  6. Pankaj Batra says:

    Great post.
    Awakening.

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