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WHO suggests to increase alcohol price to reduce violence against women in India

20 December 2012 No Comment

World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests reducing down the alcohol availabililty and raising liquor price will be an important intervention to reduce violence both sexual and physical against women.

Several international studies conducted by global health watchdog suggested that increase in alcohol price would reduce violence considerably in various forms like violence against women, students involved in violence.

WHO suggested that reducing sale time of alcohol would even reduce the violence and exampled the Brazil and Australia which practically reduced the violence significantly.

WHO adds that alcohol-related violence occurs in and around drinking settings and over a half a million people die from interpersonal violence each year.

It’s report said that violence is one of the top 20 causes for death in 2004 and revealed that about 60 diseases are being formed by alcohol consumption, 25% of road accidents in India are alcohol-related and 20% of accident-related head injury victims seen in emergency rooms of hospitals have consumed alcohol prior to the accident.

The Union health ministry had earlier said that the average age of alcohol consumption in India has been constantly falling by nearly nine years over the past decade.

Nearly 62.5 million people in India drink alcohol with the per capita consumption being around four litres per adult per year.

For every six men, one woman drinks alcohol in India.

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