160 Million Indians Alcoholic: Gehlot

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Consuming alcohol has become a trend especially in India and it is the most common psychoactive substance used by Indians followed by cannabis and opioids, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot informed Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

The minister said that over 16crore people in the country consume alcohol, around 3.1 crores use Cannabis and about 77lakh people take opioids.

The minister also informed that more than 5.7 crore alcohol users of which 72lakh are users of cannabis and about 77 lakh uses opioid are addicted and need help adding that the findings were part of a national household survey conducted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in 2018.

Gehlot also informed that the report establishes that a substantial number of people use psychoactive substances in India and the substance use exists in all the population groups with adult men bearing the brunt of substance use disorders.

According to the survey, 1.18 crore peole between the age group of 10-75 years are taking sedatives and 77 lakh people use inhalants. The study also finds that children and adolescents were found to be using inhalants more than others.

The minister also informed that the household sample survey covered all the 36 states and union territories of the country. He also informed the house that over 1500 personnel were involved in the data collection from population of age group between 10-75 years.

It was also informed by the minister that the government is also conducting a survey in ten cities across the country to assess the pattern and profile of substance use among school and college students which is a part of a national survey conducted last year.

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