According to a study ‘Health Impact and Economic
Burden of Alcohol Consumption in India’, published in the International Journal
of Drug Policy, deaths attributed to alcohol use would cost 1.45% of India’s GDP
The study has noted that deaths in India
attributed to alcohol use will lead to a loss of at least 258 million life
years between 2011 and 2050. The loss of life years will amount to 75 days of
life per capita by the year 2050.
The study has not called for a ban on alcohol.
It has projected that India could gain 552 million ‘quality adjusted’ life
years if health and economic burden of alcohol are contained
According to the recent report titled “Magnitude
of Substance Use in India”, at the national level, about 14.6% of the people
the ages of 10 and 75 are current users of alcohol. The report was published by
the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) of the All India
Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.