“My mother was hospitalised. I was supposed to stay in the hospital and look after her. But the moment I found time, I went to the wine shop and got myself a bottle. Then I’d come back, inebriated, and sleep in a blackout,” says 53-year-old Pulin. He's a former alcoholic who has been sober for over 6 years now.
Alcohol is responsible for killing over 2.5 lakh Indians every year, as per a 2018 report by the WHO.
In this podcast, we spoke to a 53-year-old former alcoholic who has been sober for over six years now, a 22-year-old woman who was hospitalised because of alcohol-related health complications, a man who lost his uncle to alcoholism, and another whose family was torn apart because of his father’s alcohol addiction.