As anticipated by many of the doctors and health experts, lockdown all over the country resulting in shutting down the bars and the state-run Beverages Corporation resulted in dire consequences. With almost seven suicide cases with withdrawal symptoms registered across the country, the state governments are now taking alcohol sales during the lockdown on a serious note.
Lack of availability of alcohol, many of the cities reported alcohol abuse ore dependence while a few of the health experts opined that many are at risk with psychological and physiological stress. “Those addicted to alcohol, who suddenly find themselves without alcohol, may go through physical and mental health issues and this may lead to other social problems. They need treatment and counselling,” said one of the experts. Kerala government took a step ahead setting up a number of counselling centres in every district and a helpline has also been set up.
Meanwhile, a few of the states opined over providing liquor to those dealing with alcoholism, after a doctor prescribes it over which Indian Medical Association (IMA) raised concerns. “It can be treated with medicines at homes or hospitals. But giving them alcohol is not scientifically approved,” stated IMA’s doctor.
Irritation, anger, restlessness, lack of hunger, excessive sweating, vomiting, anxiety, hesitation, shivering, severe headache, epilepsy and sleeplessness are some of the symptoms of the condition which needs immediate doctor consultation. On suddenly and forcefully stopping alcohol consumption, those addicted to it may show withdrawal symptoms with minor or major side effects like seizures, nausea, rapid heartbeat and at time hallucinations. Upon which, a few of the patients at the counselling centres opined the state governments to make the alcohol sale an essential service.