Drinking Problems in India

Drinking alcohol used to be taboo in Tamil Nadu, India. Then Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC), a government organization that holds a statewide monopoly on alcohol sales, came into the picture.

Alcohol now provides ¼ of the state’s income. But rates of divorce, street crime, and violence against women and girls shot up along with the revenue—prompting some officials to work to close stores and enact liquor bans.

But others, including Vikram Patel of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, point to a lack of evidence that prohibition could reduce domestic violence. “Even if it did, it would be the equivalent to banning cars to address road traffic accidents,” Patel says, urging strategies to combat deep-rooted gender inequality in India instead.

The Guardian

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