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TAKING CARE: M. Selvaraj, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Southern Railway, Tiruchi addressing a function in Tiruchi on Tuesday.
TAKING CARE: M. Selvaraj, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Southern Railway, Tiruchi addressing a function in Tiruchi on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: The ill-effects of consuming alcohol and the sustained efforts that needs to be taken to drive home this message was underlined by speakers at a de-addiction awareness programme organised jointly by the Khajamalai Ladies Association and the Post Graduate Department of Social Work of Jamal Mohamed College here recently.

Inaugurating the programme held at Tiruchi railway junction, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Tiruchi, M. Selvaraj said drinking habit was a disease that would ruin the lives of alcohol addicts besides wrecking their families.

There have been plenty of instances of families of alcoholics undergoing immense sufferings and hardships. It only required self-control and willpower to overcome alcohol addiction, Mr. Selvaraj said.

Senior Divisional Medical Officer, Tiruchi Railway Division, S. Karthikeyan said drinking habit apart from affecting the physical and mental health of those consuming alcohol also leads to disintegration of families.

Internal organs, including the liver, get affected due to drinking. Senior Divisional Medical Officer, Tiruchi Railway Division, R. Soundarrajan said the habit affected the physical and mental outlook of people besides lowering their esteem in the society. A sustained awareness programme was required to convey the hazards of consuming alcohol, he added.

Khajamalai Ladies Association Project Director M. Bharathi Mohan said that consumption of liquor begins initially as fun and later becomes an addiction. The respect and dignity of the families of alcoholics gets lowered in the society gradually, he added.

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