Keralites trying to kick alcoholism: Alcoholics Anonymous
TNN | Jun 10, 2012, 01.35AM IST
KOCHI: Though Kerala has a large population of alcoholics, many are joining de-addiction programmes to break this habit, according to data available with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
"The number of people frequenting our centres almost doubles every year. Most of them are in the 25-35 age group, proving the fact that youth are more victimized by chronic alcoholism," said Dr C Gopalan, a guide at AA.
This organization, which has branches all over the world, will celebrate its 78th anniversary on Sunday with 'Gratitude Day'. AA plans to join hands with schools to conduct awareness programs so students don't pick up this habit.
"Anyone who wants to stay away from alcohol can join us," said Ramachandran who works in Nirvana AA group. No medicines are used to treat this problem and people voluntarily curb their habit by avoiding alcohol everyday while sharing their experiences with others, he said. The details of AA members are not disclosed and records here have only their surnames.
Dr Gopalan said that though some members find it difficult to quit drinking, many members have kicked their drinking habit. "Alcoholism is a deep-rooted evil that not only harms the victim but also their family and society. So we are trying to bring down their numbers," said George, who works for AA.
I do believe that India needs help to stop the infiltration of the cult of Alcoholics Anonymous into its religious, political and medical systems.