Experts told IANS that high rates of alcoholism correlate with high crime rates. “Major crimes and accidents are fuelled by alcohol, which also leads to sexual harassment of women and robberies,” S. Raju, of Tamil Nadu’s Makkal Adhikaram (People’s Power) said.
Kerala restricted the sale of liquor to five-star hotels from August 2014. However, experts say that prohibition may not reduce addiction and deaths.
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“Prohibition of substances which give pleasure to people does not work. Addiction is a health problem, not a moral one, and there are many proven strategies which can reduce its burden. Prohibition is rejected by most public health scientists who know this field; even the World Health Organisation does not recommend it,” wrote Vikram Patel, a leading public health expert with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.