Consumption of alcohol has become dangerous to the lives of the younger generation, particularly the middle and lower income groups in the state.
The cases of alcoholic liver disease are on dangerous upswing, the socio-economic implications are equally grievous, a hospital based study on socio-economic impact of Alcohol on Patients with Alcoholic Liver Disease in Eastern-India says.
The study that evaluated patients of "Alcoholic Liver Disease" from August-2013 to August-2014 at Gastroenterology department of SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack has found more than 80 per cent patients to be from lower and middle income groups with incomes ranging Rs 5000 to Rs 25000 a month.
All most all the patients receiving treatment for "Alcoholic Liver Disease" in the department had the habit of consuming both the country liquor (12 per cent) and IMFL (8 per cent). 60 per cent of hospitalised patients in the age group of 30-50 years with 96 per cent of them married are either in business or employed.
While 86 per cent of patients borrowed money from friends, relatives and others to meet treatment cost, over 40 per cent exhausted all their family savings and sold personal belongings. Around 3 per cent had to sold their lands. More than 83 per cent reported acute family and social discriminations, Prof. S.P. Singh said to one of the local daily newspaper.
The study was conducted by researchers like Dr. Pradip Padhi, Dr. Jimmy Narayan, Dr. Yashwant Singh and Dr. Girish Kumar Pati. Ironically, on the other side the government has decided to issue more number of licenses to open the outlets of IMFL. When contacted the Principal Secretary, Sudarsan Pal Thakur told this citizen journalist that, we are in a position to provide pure liquor for the consumption of public within the reach of needy persons.
However, under Right to Information Act the Excise Superintendent provided information to this citizen journalist that many more outlets are functioning by the side of National Highways, and even at Koraput bus stand which is contrary to the guidelines of the apex Court.
Dr. Singh urged the volunteer organisations and others to create awareness among the youth to avoid consumption of liquor for the better cause of their health.