Udupi: 11 liquor addicts from coastal Karnataka end lives


Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Apr 2: During the first week of the lockdown period, 11 liquor addicts from the twin-districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada committed suicide due to psychological problems they encountered from non-availability of liquor.

The lockdown imposed on the populace as a measure to negate coronavirus advances has been giving rise to several side effects. Taking note of this serious problem, the district administration here, in association with psychiatrists has taken the initiative to provide counselling services along with telemedicine. Treatment for psychological issues arising out of liquor withdrawal is being provided at the district government hospital of Ajjarkad and the department of psychiatry in the office of the district health and family welfare officer here. It is learnt that in case of simple withdrawal, the symptoms can be treated in three to four days while in complicated withdrawal cases, the patients have to get admitted into the hospital.

The psychiatrists warn that if people overlook the problems suffered by liquor addicts, it can give rise to suicides. Deputy commissioner of the district G Jagadeesh said that if the families of liquor addicts contact the district administration, arrangements will be made to provide treatment along with personal counselling.

 

 

 

 

  

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  • S. John, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    The authorities should take full blame: You kept alcohol availability and some became addict. Now you have stopped availability, the addicts-they are patients suffer some end their life. There are already liquor available in black for 5 to 6 times the normal rate. Those who do not get or can not afford, they suffer. Keep the wine shops open. It gives the government revenue also. Corona doesnt spread from alcohol.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    hAhAhAhAhAhA... in da alcohol my property moved out, my children ran out, my wife stays out , father mother stays out. Everything is gone out & deserted. y not corona go????????? take alcohol dis corona will run away with in no time.hAhAhAhAhAhA..

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Baab Davids SOUL is crying for help and Solace....from Alcoholic Spirit...
    English Spirit Baab David NOT Konkani Spirit...
    KM???...

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore/Oman

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    The need for a drink(even a small 30) is an indication of serious illness of the mind ..
    It indicates we driven to madness by societal norms and so called hollow moral values .
    It has never allowed people to be really free and happy naturally ..hence the need for these bypass.
    I would vouch for Cannabis in place liquor .Cannabis should be made legal in India

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Booooooz will boost our thinking capacity.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Cynthi & Shankar,

    Moderate drinking in social functions is OK...

    When we quit drinking...it should be done gradually...so our body will be prepared for it...

    This stopping alcohol all of a sudden....perhaps make people Crazy...

    I don't drink much...telling you this on my friend Shankar's behalf....He may say 'Bandar Kya Jane Adrak sorry Alcohol Ka Swaad'.....

    Looks like you are enjoying this silly Alcohol BAN of Yeddy, any Special reasons???...

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • John, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    One need to limit alcohol to once a week and on special occasions only. Elderly only one drink before supper so not to get addicted and to avoid brawls under the influence of it. Once addicted it is difficult to control, along with it comes rage, fights and what not! One need to love it to surrender it to God, as God is Love 1 John 4:8, over the time, to come out of it.

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  • k b r, Mangaluru

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    there is innate connection between corona virus and alcohol...alcohol based sanitizers kill this virus from the hand..we all know that this virus gets into man's throat first from there to respiratory tract..if the throat is washed with alcoholic liquor frequently, the virus will die there itself without being able to get into respiratory tract...liquor consumption in this situation may be advisable...

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  • Aloysius, Kinnigoli

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Government and administration should consider since liquor addicts are the one who highest contributor of tax to government.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    In India more people are going to die because of non availability of Alcohol than Corona Virus ...

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  • Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Please start delivering liqour through online orders like zomato

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  • Umang, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Ratio of people commiting suicide are from poor families who do not even own mobile. How they order..?? Can you elaborate..

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  • JNB, Bejai

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    ಹೆಂಡಾ ಸಿಕ್ಕದೆ ಇದ್ದರೇ ಕುಡುಕರು ಖಂಡಿತ ಭಟ್ಟಿ ಇಳಿಸುವಿಕೆಯಾ ಪ್ರಕ್ರಿಯಾ ಕಂಡುಇಡಿಯಲಿಕ್ಕಿದ್ದರೆ

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  • Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Anna, etthe Mobile upandina jana ijji, puraredla smartphone undu, liquor shops would create nuisance and gathering of large crowd

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  • Lanslara, nakre karkala

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    in Dubai and middle east they have just closed the pubs and night clubs where the people gathers. even the restaurants only for take away food . in India they should keep the wine shops open for cert-en hours only and only for take away .

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  • Umang, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    In world everywhere evil things risen over powered human beings. It's called Kali-Yug. Unless and until oneself completely surrendered to Almighty God you cannot come out of it by any means. For that need a deep spirtuality with pure mind and body. If so...there is no space for shaitaan to enter from any where. It's only able to happen fron one self. Either over drink and leave it completely and not to hang in between. It will make situation difficult. Anything with over consumption suddenly leave for ever. Business lies itself in all evil things. Much more people live to earn there livlihood. Everybody benefitted from it. Cannot be stopped so easily. NGO's day and night trying to stop this menance but failed. It conquered already..is in the blood. We do not know what we consume..either it is good stuff or duplicate stuff. Ram Jaane...survival the fittest..

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Even in the most strictest country in the world, booze is being brewed & sold w/o fear of the consequences!
    Booze is freely available in a state where it's supposedly totally banned!

    You can something; loser will be the state, gained will be the ban enforcer....hehe

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Pradeep, I agree with you that addiction is a disease; there are so many people who drink for social relaxation with full control, some become addicts coz of myriad reasons! Addiction like CORONA doesn't discriminate, rich, famous, gender anybody can fall prey to it! Without outside help, it requires lots of will power to stop it!

    BTW, domino effect of CORONA will bring many more challenging situations in the times to come!

    Sudden stoppage can lead to dangerous withdrawal symptoms, which may come even after a week, this cold turkey, if not treated, can lead to fits and even death along with a great suffering! Mostly those who commit suicide are from lower strata of society as they cannot afford good treatment in a rehab or consult a put psychiatrist! The irony is that those who have contacts & money can still get it by paying 2.5-3x under the table, and many rich might be having a comfortable stock! Incidentally, in Mumbai, there have been 5 reported break ins of liquor shops & lacs worth booze looted in the last 2 days!
    Actually when a person goes into cold turkey, he can do anything for his next dose, such is the suffering!

    Banning is not a solution as an addict will resort to country booze (hooch), which is prepared from toxic chemicals like methyl alcohol which can lead to blindness or even death; lots of addicts have died, in Mumbai, by drinking hooch during times of ban! The funniest thing is treatment/ antidote for methyl alcohol poisoning is "whisky"!

    If alcohol is available to the rich who can afford to pay the premium, why not the poor? In fact, Rishi Kapoor' tweeted recently that wine shops too should be kept open for a few hours as people are undergoing severe stress due to the lockdown; he further said, anyways it's available if you can afford the premium, why not regularize it and GOVT gets the much required money by way of excise!!

    I AM NEITHER IN FAVOR OR AGAINST THE BAN, BUT THE ABOVE IS A PERSONAL OPINION AS I DO NOT BELIEVE IN "HYPOCRISY"

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  • K.R.BALLAL, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    There are any number of books on the subject.I specially recommend books by Norman Vincent Peale who was a regular contributor to old Readers Digest.The SKDRP in Dharmasthala also has successfully weaned many alcoholics through their camps.As long as humanity exists liquor can not be totally quarantined.Long live Bacchus.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Readers, i have stated this earlier, Substance abuse ( Alcohol/Drugs) are extremely addictive... Individuals who consume these substance, sooner then later, turn into chronic, hard core addicts !!!! They turn violent, abusive, commit crimes to facilitate their daily quota.... There is just one remedy to cure them, they have to admitted to a rehabilitation center, under the watchful eye of a psychiatrist !!!!!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Please do not "generalize"! Your do called "normal people" (matter of perception) do worse crimes than addicts!

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  • Sudesh pai, MANIPAL

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    In fact HEALTH IS WEALTH all the positive and negative suggestions should be avoided in this crisis think of the people who do not have food hunger is the basic necessity

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    In Metro Cities the rich have started Consuming Drugs as a substitute for Alcohol ...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Many people have now become Desperate & are Frantically searching for Alcohol.
    Now Government should understand where the problem Lies ...

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  • Pradeep, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    I believe wine shops should be allowed to serve liquor over the counter to address this issue. Bars / Discos/ Pubs should be remain closed.

    Re the counselling, there are several organisations beside AA that work throughout the year on creating awareness , providing counselling changing many lives. Each individual should also have some sort of commitment and patience to get rid of the habit. Its not going to happen overnight or by force.

    I used be an alcoholic till mid of 2019 and all efforts from my family went in vain and suddenly one morning i was diagnosed with severe liver infection and doctor told me to either choose whisky or life, I selected the later and since then I didn't drink. Initial one week was horrible but then things fell in place, I completely recovered and leading a normal life now.

    The reason I wrote this is you cant change an alcoholic by closing the wine shops or deny drinks. However, regular counseling and family support will help gradually overcome this. Please treat alchoalicism as a disease rather than anything else.

    Last but not least, this ban has only impacted medium class people in the urban and suburban areas. Rich already have their bars full with drinks and poor people brew their own drinks.

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  • Dr. M. Nawaz, Mangalore/ Karnataka

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    NO none of the front counters or doors should be open. Only home deliveries should be made available. This will prevent drunkards collapsing on the roads and pavement which would create nuisance.

    And a complete lack of alcohol is a very sinister issue especially for socially active, lively and interactive people not only for drunkards. Many people also consume a little alcohol every day to help them get sleep. This would create a negative impact on their body on total abstinence.

    I request the govt not to open the bars or wine shops upon completion of the lockdown, since it would create people raiding wine shops, crowd gathering and total chaos. People collapsing on roads, bus stands, etc will also increase. Home deliveries should continue until this plague situation subsides, for everyone's safety.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Please understand, wine shops only give takeaway parcels whereas you are talking about a situation where tipplers sit & drink (bar/pub)!

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  • Umang, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    It's in your fate...for that reason you changed. God provided one more chance to live. Due to poverty how many people live on small/large pegs daily to forget there problem. For them it's difficult to survive. On other hand now even problem of job arises..for day to day wage labourers. It hurt them the most. Most of them are migrant labourers. It's easy to advise..as they are already addicated to it..one way of entertainment to them.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Pradeep, I appreciate your fortrightness! Very rare to find guys like you who remove their "horse blinders" & are not hypocrites !!

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  • Naeem, Mlore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Make liquor expensive so that consumtion will reduce slowly thereby addiction will also reduced.

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  • Rayan, Mangaluru

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    How much ever expensive Liquor may become people will buy ....

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    in ksa saudi's r distilling & seling alcohol, becoz it is a big profitable business.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    If they make liquor expensive, then number of death and suicide will raise daily because middle and poor class people won't efforts to buy.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Prabhuji, they will brew at home or there are many "opportunistic enterpreuners" who will manufacture local stuff & distribute it to the needy while earning handsome profits!

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  • Dr. M. Nawaz, Mangalore/ Karnataka

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    No, this would not resolve the problem but only increase it, as people would buy bootleg liquor which would be injurious to their health.

    Only home delivery should be made available and none of the front counters or doors should be open. This will prevent drunkards collapsing on the roads and pavement which would create nuisance.

    And a complete lack of alcohol is a very sinister issue especially for socially active, lively and interactive people not only for drunkards. Many people also consume a little alcohol every day to help them get sleep. This would create a negative impact on their body on total abstinence.

    Also upon completion of lockdown, none of the wine shops or bars should open all together and suddenly. This will create havoc and chaos. Its best the govt takes action to continue home deliveries until the covid-19 situation subsides.

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  • Manoj B, nakre karkala

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    because you dont drink....

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    naeem didn't said he is not drinking alcohol. he says make it expensive

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  • Lanslara, nakre karkala

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    So you mean charge them and Government can Make Money . in middle east the Indian liquor is very very cheep like only 10% we can pay and also export quality . no comments on excise dept

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  • Doyline Ferns, Mangaluru

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    This is my personnel experience of taking care of a liquor addict who left drinking and is now leading a normal life. It takes times to make a person leave and forget 'Liquor". It cannot be done at once... There are withdrawal symptoms and it is hard to manage such person.. Need to be behind them always..

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Oh! This crosses the death toll due to COVID-19.

    The administration should reopen liquor stores on priority. Subsidized rates would be great!!!

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    I don't Shankaranna what to reply... One side I feel very sorry for them... Other side it's very good wine shops are closed... I agree with DC Jagdeesha.... If people inform the administration about alcoholics they will do the needful.... Rest in peace all you dear eleven people... 🙏🙏

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  • Kiran Dsouza, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Liquor is not a essential item in life, it is a destroyer of peace, health & family. Many families have peace in their houses from past 10 days as many addicts have stopped opening their mouth at their homes.Also there is no proof that they died due to non availability of Liquor.
    I request everybody to get rid of Liquor.

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  • Shashidhar poonja, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    They can die of withdrawal symptoms

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    For a hard core addict, it's very essential; sudden stoppage leads to cold turkey then suicide; it has to be weaned over a period of time!

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  • J.F D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    No liquor supply to addicts but counselling only. Its a good and appropriate step taken by the Udupi DC.
    Now it has become ulta palta. We expected more deaths of caronavirus but now people die because of not supply of liquor.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    There is no Connection between Alcohol & Corona Virus ...

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  • michael, mangaluru

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    psychological counselling is not like some allopathic tablet. It takes time. any drunkard should reduce the quantity gradually or else he will die of other complications.

    It is better for the govt to give home delivery of liquor to those who are addicted.

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  • Dsouza, Mudarangadi-Udupi

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Micheal,
    District administration, arrangements will be made to provide treatment along with personal counselling. So, if anyone suffer because of non availability please contact DC office Or local political member, they will help you to reach DC arrangments.

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