INDIAN HEALTH SURVEY: SOME DRY STATES HAVE RATHER HIGH ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION RATE
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
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Alcohol consumption rate in Bihar, which is a dry state in India, is higher than Maharastra, where prohibition is not in place, according to data in the National Family Health Survey 2019-20 conducted by the Indian government.
The national survey showed that in Bihar, where alcohol consumption has been banned since 2016, 15.5 percent of men above 15 years of age consumed alcohol.
While in Maharashtra, where prohibition is not in place, just 13.9 percent of men consumed alcohol.
Among women, both Bihar and Maharashtra had the same 0.4 percent of alcohol consumption ratio.
Bihar and Maharashtra were not the only pair of states that showed prohibition or strict rules may not help lower alcohol consumption rate.
Goa, which is known for its liberal booze culture, has a lower alcohol consumption level than the stricter state of Telangana.
While 36.9 percent of Goan men consumed alcohol, the percentage in Telangana was a much higher 43.3 percent, according to the national survey.
Overall, rural India drinks more alcohol than the urban regions. The lowest alcohol consumption rate for men was reported in Gujarat with 5.8 percent, followed by Jammu and Kashmir at 8.8 percent.
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