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Updated: July 2, 2012 11:48 IST

Dealing with a spirit that can kill

Aamir Khan
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Aamir Khan.
Aamir Khan.

Alcoholism is a disease that may afflict just one person, but its disastrous consequences affect his whole family

Fire gives us warmth, but it also burns us. We use it to our advantage, but never get too close to it. Our sense of survival and self-preservation kicks in the moment it gets too close to us. How come that doesn’t happen with alcohol? In fact, alcohol doesn’t have the various benefits of fire but in terms of the ability to destroy it is as devastating, if not more. Certainly more treacherous!

Across the country, in every State, alcoholism has destroyed families. It’s a disease which afflicts maybe one member of the family but its symptoms, and the destruction it causes, affects the whole family. It contributes to domestic violence, affects the education of children, affects the ability of a family to spend on healthcare, and causes unemployment.

When I used the word ‘disease’ to describe alcoholism, it was not lightly. Studies have shown that it is, in fact, a disease and not a “bad habit” as most of us see it. Some of us are potential alcoholics, and when such people start to drink they find themselves getting drawn into it more and more, and try as they might they are unable to come out of it. It’s like a whirlpool which sucks you in. Unfortunately there is no medical test that can warn you of this.

There are four indications that you may be headed towards alcoholism. They can be easily remembered by way of the acronym, CAGE — Cut, Anger, Guilt and Eye-opener.

Ask yourself the following four questions. One “yes” response suggests an alcohol use problem. More than one is a strong indication that a problem exists.

Cut: Are people who are very close to you repeatedly telling you that you need to cut down on your drinking?

Anger: Are you getting angry and upset as a result of people close to you telling you that you should cut down on your drinking?

Guilt: Do you promise yourself not to go beyond a certain number of drinks, and once you start drinking are you unable to control yourself, leaving you feeling guilty and upset about not being able to stick to your resolution?

Eye-opener: Have you reached a stage in your life when you sometimes need alcohol to start your day? You wake up in the morning and you realise that you are unable to start your day, unable to function, without having a drink.

Unfortunately, there is no medicine that can cure us of this disease of alcoholism. But there is an organisation which can help us if we decide to seek it — Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide organisation and it has so far helped 300 million people. In India, too, they have many centres spread across the country. Following are their contact details: To reach AA by phone, call +919022771011. To reach AA by text message, type AAAA <space> your name, address and contact number, and send the SMS to 56363.

Not everybody who consume alcohol becomes an alcoholic. In fact in India, as per experts, one in 20 — five per cent — become alcoholics. But one in two, that is 50 per cent, indulge in what is called ‘hazardous drinking’ — you may not drink every day but when you do, you drink so much that you are no longer in your senses and you cause harm to yourself and to others. Or, you may consume just a little and still behave in a hazardous manner — for example, by driving a car.

How many times have I heard these lines from drunken person: “I’m not drunk, I can drive, I’m in my senses” or “Chill yaar, don’t stress, I’ve had just two drinks, I am totally in control”.

Hello?!!!

Every drunken person thinks he is the cat’s whiskers and a superhuman in every way! Absurd! A car is like a killing machine in the hands of a person who has consumed even a little alcohol! And if you have decided to sit in the driver’s seat after consuming any quantity of alcohol then you should be treated as a potential murderer.

40 to 60 per cent of all cases coming into emergency rooms of hospitals in India are alcohol related! Thirty-five per cent of those are people who have consumed alcohol and 65 per cent are people who have not consumed alcohol themselves, but have been injured by someone who has.

So guys, if we can live without alcohol nothing better than that. But if some of us want to drink, let’s at least be responsible about it!

While going through all the research material and interviews on this topic, I was completely shattered watching the testimony of Mr. Sumir Anand. The tragic story of how he and his wife, Gitika, lost their 14-year-old son, Curran, is really heartbreaking. It’s like a nightmare that every parent has a thousand times!

The first thing I did after watching the testimony was to call up my children Ira and Junaid, who are 13 and 18 respectively. I showed them Mr. Anand’s interview. And what I made them promise to me then is the promise that I think all of us ought to make to ourselves: NEVER drink and drive! And, NEVER sit in a car when the person driving has consumed even one drop of alcohol!

Make this a rule for life!

Jai Hind! Satyamev Jayate!

(Aamir Khan is an actor. His column will be published in The Hindu every Monday.)

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the state transport corporations should have an effective procedure to
check wheather the driver is alcohol ridden or not? if he is so what
will be the fate of the fifty passengers travelling? they are
helpless. also even while i am travelling i have seen many old drivers
in their fifties heading the bus. also now human beings are developing
various health problems even in the mid thirties. so to encounter this
there should also be a mechanism in place the periodically certifies
drivers that they are medically fit. while state governments are extra
cautious in this domain it needs to be weed out cent percent.

from:  jagannath ps
Posted on: Jul 4, 2012 at 00:04 IST

Aamir khan is a great actor, and his program satyamev jayathe is one of the best
shows in recent times, and he deserves all credit and praise for having done this show. But having said this, the current episode on alcohol abuse falls short on content, and has too much simplification of a complex issue, which i'm afraid trivializes the problem. He is also my favorite actor, but one should not forget that increasingly and more decisively electronic media is used by many industries to rub their opinions and ideas strongly to pitch their sales, or change public opinion, or give an idea that it is not their responsibility.

from:  vivek datla
Posted on: Jul 3, 2012 at 18:07 IST

Everyone boasts about Indian culture ... Many people feel bad seeing the way it is going ahead .... people like aamir ( who had resources to do something to soceity ) tries to change that ..
And the very good part of show is that ..... it concludes with a solution to change - The change from every individual ...
which is what exactly Gandhi said ..... Be the change you want to see in the world .
Hats off to Aamir and Sathyamev Jayate Team

from:  Siva
Posted on: Jul 3, 2012 at 14:27 IST

In Tamil Nadu the government sells the alcohol.In the name TASMAC.
Can any one dare to stop it?
It is one of the biggest revenue to the government. When the government is itself selling without banning. How can one T.V show would stop this act?

from:  Manik
Posted on: Jul 3, 2012 at 10:32 IST

satyamev jayate is a fabulous show. Aamir sir is doing a commendable job. last episode regarding alcoholism should actas an eye opener for people who are in the trap of this disease. moreover having people sharing their own experience and later realising the negative effect of this justifies the whole thing. it is a sincere request to all INDIANS to quit this habit. those who drink are not only wasting their money but also their precious time. how can people cal them educated if despise of knowing the harmful effetcs of alcohol they still justify their act.i think atleast few people would tak lesson from this show and would determine themself to never drink.

from:  roopali
Posted on: Jul 3, 2012 at 10:02 IST

A very good article on every Monday.Thanks to The Hindu.
Now a days we are watching minimum one alcoholic seen in a film. In olden days only the vilons used to drunk alcohol, but now Hero too doing such type of seen. This is also one of the cause.
A suggestion:
Conduct one episode on old-age homes. To show the old people problems. Thank you sir.

from:  madhavi
Posted on: Jul 3, 2012 at 09:17 IST

Alcohol is class 'A' drug, sadly its abuse is perceived as 'bad habit', rather it is a sickness. It
is the single most largest tax generating drug. During last 10 years, I have witnessed
massive compaign by the media to promote the use alcohol as status symbol. It is a huge
business for corporates, media houses and corrupt policy makers. Our so called policy
makers themselves own the license of liquor vends in many states, they even allowed the
'Mobile Liquior Vends' in many states for the distribution of alcohol in villages and remote area. I am from Punjab and I see Mobile Liquior Vends in my village and roadside of liquor vends almost everywhere. Its industrialised by the subsequent govt. in last 10 years and we as a nation excepted it as a norm. Now if we have started realising disastrous consequences the underling this legally promoted class 'A' drug, we must push for a sensible national policy on advertisement, sales and distribution of alcohol.

from:  Tarsem
Posted on: Jul 3, 2012 at 08:59 IST

I completely agree with Aamir Khan on his article and TV show Satyameva Jayate about
alcoholism and it's bad effects and consequences on the addicted person himself and other members of his immediate family ie wife children and parents and the society at large. Thanks to Aamir Khan his team for highlighting the issue and so many viewers and readers for wholeheartedly endorsing his views and facts and figures. I fully appreciate the comment of so many viewers and readers esp Mr PVL Narasimham who has also prayed that the tribe of Aamir Khan grow and spread for the good and welfare of society and Nation.

from:  T Pratap Singh
Posted on: Jul 3, 2012 at 08:31 IST

We should have a strict law like they have in Texas US. "Drink Drive and
go to jail". This law is strictly followed and implemented. You can see
the sign boards displayed very prominently on the highways.
Again the implementing agency our Police has work with integrity.

from:  Deepak
Posted on: Jul 3, 2012 at 02:14 IST

It is a great thing that an actor from cine field is leading a campaign against alcohol in visual media. We have seen that most of the films in India glorify consumption of alcohol may be due to the nexus between the film producers and liquor barrons. Recently a film has come in Malayalam which tells the story of maladies of liquor titled 'SPIRIT'. These are all silver linings in these dark days!

from:  B Rama Rao
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 21:48 IST

this episode od SATAYMEV JAYATE was need of society...i salute whole
aamir khan and his team to bring up this issue in light....this have
helped young people a lot...i will definitely follow path of
responsibility..i again thanks this show for its initiatives and hope it
will continue this outstanding work

from:  kapil godara
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 21:40 IST

Why not warn people on drinking limits/hazards on bottles WITH bold letters as in cigarette
packs !!!!!

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 20:46 IST

It is very very nice Aamir sir.You are a great guy.

from:  sravanthi
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 20:27 IST

This alcohalism is a very big issue in this 21st century, alcohol is engulfing the human qualities. It is a matter of concern,very big big biggggg problem, and it is not going to end overnight, we should to come together to fight with this problem. Amir Khan raised one step to eliminate alcoholism from society,because every big things happens from a single step.We are with you Amir khan......

from:  shivpujan kumar
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 20:06 IST

I want to highlight some comments i read above:
1.People like me who do not drink are mocked by our friends and made
to look guilty in gatherings. This is a dangerous trend and an important factor in spreading this disease.
2.Drinking and driving cars can be avoided somewhat. But aamir should someway appeal to the lakhs of lorry drivers who populate our national highways throughout the country every day/night.
3."65 per cent are people who have not consumed alcohol themselves,
but have been injured by someone who has." That's an eye-opener and a
good argument for banning alcohol completely.
Thanks Aamir, you are doing great job.

from:  RKGhadai
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 18:40 IST

True. I'm not ashamed to admit that my husband's addiction to alcohol
has ruined not only his life but also mine and our daughter's, who is
going to be married soon. His mother and sisters have taken advantage
of this and managed to get me and my daughter out of the house long
back. Now they have also taken away our house into which a
considerable part of my savings has also gone. The boy, who is about
to marry my daughter, and his family have made only one demand-that i
divorce my husband at my age, 53 to be exact, and start living a
hassle free life at least in future. I agreed immediately as I was
holding on only for her sake all these years

from:  Satya Shivabalan
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 18:33 IST

There is a well researched area in journalism, politics and many other social
sciences called framing. As an example in 80's AIDS was framed as a problem of
sexual deviant people, in 70's as mentioned in amir's show india's problems were
framed as a function of over population, these strong opinions rubbed by
influential sources on people, change public policy sometimes exacerbating the
problem. Now alcoholism is framed as a personal health issue of the affordable in
this program which is what the alcohol industry wants, and has been projecting
from many years, for heavens sake please understand that if you make more than
Rs 32 a day you represent top 30%-40% of indian population, and this problem
effects each and every indian more decisively the poor (60-70%). Please read the
comments above and moderate/controlled drinking is the message which people
are getting out of the show, which is a double jeopardy for the indian society.

from:  vivek datla
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 18:21 IST

I am amazed at the response of one Vivek Datla who gives this show a -10 for taking a supposedly 'soft position'. Aamir obviously cannot come out and say outright 'don't drink' .He clearly states that responsible limited drinking is better, but total avoidance is best. ' Aamir cannot take the position of a prohibitionist--that is simply not feasible; you cannot be a Morarji Desai or Anna Hazare and proclaim 'don't drink'. But yes, anybody who has seen the episode no.9, will realize that this show does not support drinking per se; it is left to individual choice to drink rarely and sensibly--not more than a couple of small pegs as per a doctor on the show. The doc also spoke about individual susceptibility to drink, how it differs from person to person. The show has in fact done the job very well, taking the glamour out of drinking.Javed Akhtar spoke well against drinking, terming drinkers as fools if they saw glamour in it. DD telecasts the show ,so rural poor too get the message.

from:  Lalitha Subramanian
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 18:14 IST

vivek datla, I agree with you that that illicit liquor is one of
greatest scourge of the nation, but you cannot take away credit from
Aamir for creating a huge awareness of alcoholism in general. Highly pertinent point of hooch raised in your excellent observation will
need another opinion piece altogether as the fall out of hooch related
corruption and destruction vast majority of poor families, has
tremendous ramification on the society. At same time we should not
belittle the unprecedented groundswell of awareness Aamir is managing
to create among our rigid society.

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 17:15 IST

I booze, but somethings are encrypted in my mind that limits alcohol intake...even if i take in large amounts..i avoid driving,abusing etc.. just go to sleep or listen to good music..dats.. but these things can happen at home.

But i am confused what will happen if somebody visits..pubs,disc etc.. i hav expereinced..loosing control.. but thanks to bangalore traffic rules...Drink and Drive..u r looser..!!!

from:  varanasi anup
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 17:06 IST

We all start drinking thinking it as a cool thing!!! may be it is not as cool as i thought
!Mr Anand's testimony in the show was heart breaking.
Message conveyed very well- Thank you.

from:  Sunil Tirur
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 16:39 IST

A Wonderful article and an extraordinary initiative by Aamir Khan. It is sad to see some people commenting that the show is not highlighting more important issues like the nexus between political parties and the liquor barons etc. What people should understand is, this show is not aimed at the upper echelons of the society- the political or ruling class. That is absolutely not possible through a tv show. Instead what he is trying to do is, to bring change in the common man- to make him act responsibly. And the points raised in this article tries to do exactly that.

from:  Dileep Kumar Patchigolla
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 16:16 IST

This is a needed article - Unfortunately in today's India, reasons such as diminishing values, exposure to western culture, excessive salaries and Governments being irresponsible enough to sell liquor have increased this deadly habit - Our movies also glorify this habit or show that this is the solace for love failures.
I think right thinking men and women should protest against governments selling liquor and also take care that their own kith and kin don't fall prey into this habit.

from:  Rajlakshmi
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 16:04 IST

Once somebody is trying to do something about a problem, people usually start questioning about the efficacy of what they are suggesting. The perspective has to change. Even if what is being suggested creates a small impact, it is a positive contribution to society. Nothing prevents others from coming out with more efficacious suggestions! Let us acknowledge and appreciate Aamir's initiative, not withstanding the limitations, if any. Positive suggestions are always welcome but belittling somebody just because what he is suggesting is not a complete solution to the problem, is abhorable. When I see Aamir on the show, my eyes moisten because I see sincerity and concern in him while he talks and interacts with people. May his tribe grow!

from:  PVL Narasimham
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 15:01 IST

Hi Aamirji,
I am not sure if you are aware of this, there is a movie released a few weeks back in Malayalam, named Spirit.
Mohanlal sir has done a wonderful job with his role as an alcoholic.
The film primarily focuses on the increasing habits of alcoholism in Kerala but is altogether a take on all things contemporary with a satirical tint.
According to the director, "The movie does not, in any way, advocate or proscribe alcohol. Spirit discusses the subject and examines what happens when a person, however intelligent, falls prey to an addiction, any addiction for that matter."
Releasing movies like these would really help to spread the awareness.

from:  Anand Varma
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 14:56 IST

Hi....Aamir sir
Thanks for giving those valuable messages to the world.....

from:  Hemalatha
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 13:40 IST

Hello Aamir khan sir,
It's really nice. I hope who are drinking alcohol will change.

from:  Lakshmi
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 13:33 IST

Kudos to Aamir Khan.Quality of a real Indian.This is one of the heart touching shows I have ever watched.
One should be honest to oneself in every aspect.While drinking alcohol,they should think even once about the people who are caring them.The govt should strict to those who drink and drive.
I think we can convert our "DEVELOPING INDIA" to "DEVELOPED INDIA" if we ban alcohol for ever.

from:  Inidan
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 13:09 IST

I fail to understand how people can be so stupid enough to drink so
much that they are not even in their senses. I mean it can happen one
or two times and in the early age of drinking, but why the situation
gets repeated once they get older and wiser. I started drinking very
late when i was 23 years old. But the fact is i can control myself not
to drink for 5-6 months or for whatever months is necessary. You can
live life to the fullest but not at the expense of other's happiness.
One should always have fear from his parents and that i think is the
one way you would not become a hazardous drinker.

from:  chandan Mishra
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 13:05 IST

what aamir sir did on every sunday on 11am is really fantastic.Please take aamir sir words as inspiration and don't drive when u drunk and don't put others into jeopardy.

from:  dhaaruni
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 12:57 IST

Thanks a lot Amir for this article. This is a real story, I just want to share who are think drinking is a status issue. In my area, one lady is there around 70+ yrs. She had 4 sons and 2 daughters. 1st son was died before 10yrs, because of heartattack. In 2005 her husband was meet accident and he passed away. After that situation, remain 3 sons didnt take responsibility on her. Elder 2 sons became 24 hr drunkers. They didnt taking care of their families. They went to job only for one reason, to buy alcohol. They are not ready to listen any of them words. They continuously drank and suffered by TB. Finally, both are died. Now, that last daughter is taking care on her. Really,
What is a fate of that mother? She living without peace and happiness. Please I request "Whenever you feel to drink alcohol, you should think about your family. What they do without you".

from:  Lata
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 12:39 IST

Hi,Aamir!!nicely said and written.I completely agree with you on this subject.Whatever you have said is correct and worth paying attention.BUt i fear it might not be taken seriously by many of us.I am a 23yr old guy and i don't drink.but u know what my frnds sometimes mock at me for not having drunk even once in my lifetime.They say that i should start drinking because i wont get this time again in my life..they feel hat if you dont drink you are not sphisticated.They feel that they are the people who know how to enjoy life and those who don'drink are useless creatures.How can we change the mentality of youth?u talked abt ur son.Are you sure he is not going to drink in the company of his friends????ponder over it sir..

from:  himanshu khandelwal
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 12:01 IST

Dear Sir,Respects for your consciousness in this aswell. I am one of the affected with this Alcohol Abuse. My brother who is necessarily an advocate gives a reason that it is required to have a SITTING (in their terminology) for effectively discussing the issues. I am afraid how effectiveness comes in discussions at that time of Nasha. Even after a fatal head injury, if a person again goes back to the same habit and same gandagi, is he to be considered a human. At the age when we have to take care of our parents, they still take care of you as a child even when you are overdrunk. And only advise they give u is be in your limits. Churches have a better option of Confession boxes. If you do not have anyone to say what you are suffering with, talk to someone.unfortunately hinduism do not have confessions as its concepts. But may be if those drunkards get to talk to someone might help them in controlling. hope your message reached out to needy.

from:  Raghu Veer
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 11:53 IST

I hope this changes things around us... Drunk and drive can be the worst
case scenario in killing oneself or others. The sad this is that, this
happens in our nation, almost EVERYDAY! Men and Women must get some sense over this issue and think straight in not consuming alcohol!

from:  Priya
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 11:42 IST

Rightly said by Aamir Khan in this article that alcoholism is not only affecting the person who is under the effect of it but also the people around him/her.People don't realise these things in the earlier stages but by the time they got the lesson something very bad had already happened.If every person of this country pledge against the alcoholism then our country will be a much better place to live in.
Hats off to Aamir Khan and crew of Satyamev Jayate for making an effort to bring a change in the society.

from:  Divya Rao
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 11:42 IST

A good advise to be followed.Do not drive after drink ,do not drink daily,if at all to drink in house be in your limits without offending any one." There should be a limit to every thing,excess of evry thing is bad."

from:  Ravindra Raizada
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 11:40 IST

It is true that we can ask someone not to drive car or we can except ourselves not to sit near a drunk driver, but what about the lakhs of lorry drivers who drive drunk...The police patrol must be very strict so that the license should be canceled immediately if they find someone driving drunk. There should not be any way out for a drunkard to drive for next one month.All state govts. should fight against this menace which kills scores of people daily on our roads... Hope all are hearing.

from:  Mahesh
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 11:36 IST

Hazardous drinking is really obstacle for our families.It may causes unemployment.
So thanks to Aamir Khan for this episode.

from:  Shachindra Kumar Pandey
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 11:09 IST

Aamir, the discussion is incomplete without addressing the issues of:
1. Extensive surrogate booze advertising that foments the 'macho' BS
2. Lack of social spaces except bars and pubs.
3. Lack of policing on drivers.
4. An education that fills up wallets but not minds.
Booze companies see India as the BIG untapped market.

from:  Sachi R
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 11:04 IST

Thanks Aamir...

from:  Naresh Goud
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 11:03 IST

so long as the government puts the huge revenue generated through liquor sales above the common good of the citizens,nothing is going to change. drunkenness is a menace that everyone should try to meet headon.

from:  G. Hariharan
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 10:42 IST

Very good article in simple language.Wish people realise the chain of effects and damage done to self and others due to alcohol.
Dear Amir, service to people is service to GOD.
Yuo are doing great job. Keep it up.Best wishes.

from:  Tamiz
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 10:39 IST

it's very nice article,thanks to aamir khan for giving such a great message......u r doing a wonderful job

from:  ashwini
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 10:26 IST

Thank you sir..for taking responsibility of this society. I never thought that the actors will participate in social events like this. And your column is very useful for every one.And your satyameva jayathe is really a very nice program which every body should see. If everybody feel responsible then ours will be best country.

from:  radhika
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 10:21 IST

It's a very nice article. But I am somewhat not agree by calling it as a
"disease". Many people in India drink too much only for show purpose.
They don't know there capabilities and that cause problems for many
people. I believe every intelligent drinker knows his/her capacity and
so they are always in limit. These days in every aspects of life, we are
following the western culture....so it is obviously coming from
there...so it is required to make people aware how much should one
person drink. Also government must increase taxes and all to increase
the prices of this spirits. Nevertheless, we should always think for
society before taking drinks...

from:  Deepak Gupta
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 10:21 IST

Yes, this is true. There are many families which are suffered with head of the family who is an alcoholic. Especially middleclass families are suffering more. Although he doesn't have the money to his family he is addicted alcohol and saying I will never repeat it, and the family member paid for his health and their children lags in educational needs also..

from:  Nandini
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 09:51 IST


Really eye-opening article. A time has come when consuming alcohol has
become a status symbol. But everyone who consumes alcohol for the sake
of being ‘socially comfortable’ tends to ignore the bad consequences of
it. A really very bad thing is that the youth is getting drained into
it. Many young fellows tend to consume alcohol just for making this as
a part of their lifestyle, because this seems to make the standard of
living look high. Many of them don’t realize the potential harm that is
going to cause in the near future. The percentage of youth realizing
the possible bad consequences of keeping this habit and backing out
from it is very low. That makes a huge section of society mindlessly
indulge into such bad habits. Government increased the minimum age for
alcohol consumption from 21 to 25 and also taxes are increased
substantially to demotivate alcohol consumption but that doesn’t seem
to make any difference. The need is to make people aware of the bad
results of it. jaihind!

from:  vivek patil
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 09:46 IST

Dear Amir Khan,
I like the way you are highlighting the important social issues by emphasizing the role of individuals rather than the role of the government. Population growth is the most important of all issues affecting all aspects of human life in India. This issue has been long-forgotten by the different shades of people who form the government. I shall appreciate if you could write about this issue in your column, or talk about it in your TV show.

from:  K. Subramaniam
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 09:44 IST

its really great article..

from:  J SURESH REDDY
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 09:43 IST

Nicely said Aamir Khan sir...But it's not possible change most of the drinkers untill unless we ban this alcohol...But as usual..These governments cannot survive without selling alocohol...And our people cannot survive without drinking alocoho.

from:  Anil Kumar
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 09:16 IST

This is one of the most irresponsible way of trivializing the mammoth problem
engulfing a large portion of Indian population. Alcoholism effects on rich or higher
middle class people which make up about 10-20% of the population is mentioned
in the program, what about the rest 80-90%? What about the hundreds of people
who die of moon shine poisoning? What about the money poured in by illegal
means into the liquor distribution? A perfect example is Andhra Pradesh where
illegal liquor distribution scam alone is about Rs. 3000 crores. What about the
nexus between politicians, bureaucracy and liquor industry? The current episode
trivializes the issue and raises more questions on the nexus between the electronic
media and corporate houses sponsoring the show.
On the scale of 1 to 10 team Satyamev Jayate deserves a -10 for not mentioning
the actual problem, and trying to send a soft message to people that it is ok to
drink, if they are careful.

from:  vivek datla
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 09:00 IST

Hi! Aamir be true to yourself and us to admit,at some point in your life time even you had your share of pegs. dear, must practice by self before preaching.Hope you dont mind replying.

from:  suresh
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 08:25 IST

Being an actor you are suggesting the people to far away from bad things. Nice Job
I actually never think of actors that they will do good things in real life also. But after reading your's Column I decided to change my opinion some extent, of course all people's thoughts will not be same right.....

from:  Mamatha
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 08:14 IST

Watching the program one cannot help feeling that those who do not drink are likely to condemn those who drink wholesale without exception. The essence is moderation in drinking habits. Need for following norms of social behavior in drinking have to be inbibed in every youngster who reaches the age of adolescence with a list of do's and dont's. In a democracy like ours totally legislating for prohibition is not the answer. It would lead to illicit distillation on an enormous scale and tragic deaths which cannot be controlled by the law enforcing agencies. While those who have lost their innocent lives due to the rash drunken driving of those who drink in excess of normal limits deserve our sympathy the answer to the malaise is large scale education in the manner large bill boards are put up on highways and mountainous roads with hair pin bends. Moderation is the key word to eradicate the ills of alcoholism as is in many aspects of our life. Bacchus is alluring but with controls.

from:  R.Vijaykumar
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 05:58 IST

I can't agree more and I should know. I'm an alcoholic and have suffered the super obnoxious effects but still haven't quit.
Alcohol alters brain chemistry. And it destroys the body.
Is it so great living in cities where there are liquor stores in every market?
Recently, powerful business interests have come out talking crap about how Indian's should be allowed to 'Enjoy A drink'. Problem is its never '1' drink!
Powerful business interests are destroying indians who are addicted to Gutka, Bidi, Cigarretts and now Alcohol.
Aamir is the first celebrity I've heard who cares and has raised his voice against alcohol.
Let's all not get addicted. Believe me the 'buzz' is not worth it, because it takes more and more each night to get that 'buzz'.

from:  nimesh
Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 at 03:12 IST
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