When liquor withdrawal in lockdown pushes tipplers to the edge

Liquor withdrawal lockdown
Research has shown that reduction in the availability and consumption of liquor saves costs indirectly | Image - Eunice Dhivya

After 40 days of lockdown, the serpentine queues outside liquor shops across the country, disregarding social distancing norms, became a telling sign of the importance of alcohol consumption for thousands and the extent of addiction, even when a pandemic like COVID-19 was close on heels.

Hilarious memes have been made of those waiting patiently for hours to get their ‘essential’ stock, after close to two months of abstinence.

However, for some, this is a serious issue. A few days into the lockdown, three men from a family approached the Institute of Mental Health,......