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At Karukachal (Kottayam), Kerala : Holiday partying had landed a cop in serious trouble in Vakathanam, close to Kottayam town in October 2017. A driver/cop at the police station after a musical in the toddy shop had experienced hangover after downing several bottles of toddy. In a tipsy mood his creativity went overtime and started thumping the desk and singing solo to his heart’s content like a lady singer say, soprano. His high pitched nonrhythmic, irritating voice caused more heartburn than entertainment the customers, shop workers and the owner. They had nothing on hand to plug their ears because the cop's bad singing was worse than a donkey given a couple of good bullwhips. The toddy shop manager and other folks were sick and wary about his euphoria. Upon asking him to be silent by the manager, the cop got angry and felt his ego had been trespassed. Not to be either intimidated or insulted, later the cop went to the shop manager's house at night to continue his solo concert - katcheri. This time his tongue became nasty and wagged aimlessly spewing out filthy words. The cop bathed the manager with a barrage of expletives and invective, not minding the ladies in the house. Pushed to the fag end of his patience, the manager contacted a senior cop in the police station over the phone and told him about the antics and misconduct of a public servant who was supposed to protect the interest of the society. The higher-ups in the police department got wild and took disciplinary action against the cop for his indecent behavior in public.
According to police, the man was riding a motor bike “with his friend on pillion. The police team caught them and asked the rider to blow into the breathalyzer. The reading confirmed that he was heavily drunk and he had downed a quarter bottle of alcohol. When the policemen asked him to produce the driving license, he told them that it was in the bike. “He then suddenly turned around and jumped into the Adyar river with his pillion rider much to the shock of the policemen. They escaped uncaught and un-traced.
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While stuck in a traffic snarl in a busy road in Mumbai on a Sunday evening in November 2016, a 33 year old cafe owner had a harrowing experience. A group of drunk men harassed her. She was driving on the way to see her friend and go to church. When she saw an auto rickshaw inching ahead in the wrong direction, she got out of her car and told the auto driver to follow the queue as every body does. As she was telling the auto driver to go back, to her dismay, a car had just moved in close to her in the wrong direction. Sat inside the vehicle were six men in a drunken state. No sooner had she told them to move back and drive in the right direction, than they yelled at her and had let lose a cascade of expletives. Not content with this, one man got off from the car and began to dance with vulgar gestures. The other drivers near-by could not do anything about the dancing bear. The lady driver being smart, took the picture of the number plate with her mobile phone and tweeted her friend to inform the police. The cops who noted down the number plate, responded a bit late due to heavy traffic. By that time except the driver, others in the car gave a slip. The cops asked the driver to get the man who danced nicely with wrong gesticulation before the lady. As the fatigued woman was in the traffic for more than 3 hours, she preferred to go home soon instead of making a police complaint. The drunks and the dance walla got a break with a severe warning.
Liquor drinking on the increase in India:
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in 2013-14. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 30 per cent of India’s population consumes alcohol regularly. Yet another sad story is the percentage of under-15 boys who have not had alcohol has gone down from 44 per cent to 30 per cent and for girls it has decreased from 50 per cent to 31 per cent.
For the brewers, south India may be an haven as the market size of alcohol is the largest in southern states at Rs.109 billion accounting for 60 per cent of alcohol consumption in India. This may be an indication of the mindset of the people who believe socializing with alcoholic drinks is not looked down by the conservatives in the society. The teenagers who socialize also drink liquor in spite of parents' warning. That school students bring liquor to school is a sad commentary. Along with social drinking comes an array of societal problems such as domestic violence, divorce, murder, street violence, brawls
As for average expenditure on alcohol, Keralite households spent the highest at Rs.4,206 per household on an average - five times the alcohol expense of an average Indian household. Consequently this state is facing a host of social problems rising road accidents, marital breakdowns and alcohol related diseases. Now, alcoholic liquor is very much limited in this state that encourages toddy (percentage of alcohol is just 2% to 3%).
The state of West Bengal accounts for the lowest average expenditure at Rs.64 per household in 2013-14