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 Post subject: Drug addiction and Alcohol consumption in Sri Lanka
 Post Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 12:54 am 
Drug addiction and Alcohol consumption in Sri Lanka

RH / LL
Source: Department of Census and Statistics


Drug addiction and heavy consumption of alcohol have been identified as serious health issues and a social menace in Sri Lanka today. It is seen as a major cause for the eroding human values in the modern society of Sri Lanka.

An alarming twenty fold increase in convicted prisoners for offences related to narcotic drugs is registered over a span of twenty three years, according to records maintained by the the Department of Prisons.


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During the same time interval, the per capita consumption of legally produced alcohol has risen from 1.81 litres to 7.37 litres, reflecting a four fold increase. The number of people who patronize places where illicit brew is sold is also very large, although no statistics could be presented to prove it. However, it is no secret that Sri Lanka is listed as one of the countries with highest alcoholism levels.


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A sample survey carried out by the Alcohol and Drugs Information Centre, in six districts in the southern part of Sri Lanka reveals that alcohol users are found mostly among middle aged men and appears to be around 65%. It is regrettable to note that the rate of increase of alcohol users is highest among those in the threshold of youth.

Apparently, every other youngster in the prime age group of (15-24) years use alcohol, and the numbers have increased at an alarming rate of 37% over a short span of six years from 1998 to 2004. The gravity of this social problem is amply reflected in the mortality statistics compiled by the Registrar General’s Office, which clearly shows that deaths due to alcoholic liver diseases has more than doubled during the past decade.



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