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Few people seek addiction treatment after Bihar introduces alcohol ban

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2119 (Published 12 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2119
  1. Priyanka Pulla
  1. Bangalore

Fewer people than expected have sought treatment for alcohol dependence in Bihar since the north Indian state imposed a liquor ban on 5 April, doctors administering the treatments have said.

The ban on the sale of alcohol was imposed in response to demands from women who had experienced alcohol fuelled abuse by their husbands and male relatives.1

Jitendra Srivastava, executive director at Bihar’s State Health Society, said that, after the ban, roughly 1300 alcohol users had approached de-addiction centres across the state as outpatients and that 200 had been admitted for further treatment.

This number is much smaller than the estimated number of people with alcohol dependence. World Health …

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