India: Magnitude of Alcohol Problems

A report by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE), Government of India outlines the magnitude of alcohol problems in the country along with other substance use issues. According to the report alcohol is the most common psychoactive substance used by Indians and alcohol use has been reported in all the age groups, including among children aged 10-17 years. About 5.2% of the population (more than 57 million individuals) are struggling with alcohol use disorder and need help for their alcohol use problems…