K. Sachidananada Hegde, Chairman of Karnataka State Temperance Board, said on Friday that the KSTB was giving importance to creating awareness on the ill-effects of alcoholism.

Mr. Hegde told presspersons here that the bureaucracy in the State wanted alcoholic beverages to stay in the market as their consumption generated a revenue of Rs. 12,000 crore per annum. But according to a survey the loss due to alcohol consumption and its related problems is double that of the revenue generated. The Board is conducting a study on the crimes that are taking place due to alcohol consumption, he said.

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