A massive awareness rally was organised in Erode town on Thursday to highlight the ill-effects of consuming arrack.

More than 1,000 students from various nursing colleges in the district participated in the rally, organised by the Excise department, and raised slogans urging people not to consume arrack as it exposes them to serious health risks.

The continuous consumption of arrack increases the risk of chronic pancreatitis, liver disease, and even cancer. In addition to causing damage to the central nervous system, the consumption of arrack also leads to eye defects.

In some cases, the arrack leads to death, students pointed out.

Flagged off by District Revenue Officer S. Ganesh on the Collectorate premises, the rally passed through important thoroughfares before culminating at Erode government hospital premises. Assistant Commissioner (Excise) K. Rangarajan and Deputy Superintendent of Police (Prohibition and Enforcement wing) S. Lakshmi took part in the rally.