Sunday, November 7, 2010

Meditation Can Help Tackle Alcoholism, Advise Doctors

Meditation and peace of mind are essential for the rehabilitation of alcoholics and addicts. The message was conveyed during an awareness talk organized by a group of city-based doctors.

Addressing an awareness talk on 'Alcoholism-The way out' on Friday, experts deliberated on how to combat the habit of drinking. Director-principal of Government Medical College and Hospital-32 Dr Raj Bahadur, while expressing serious concern about youngsters' increasing drinking habit, said liquor affected every organ of the body. Painting an alarming picture of liquor consumption, head of psychiatry department at Government Multispecialty Hospital, Sector 16, Dr SK Bhalla said, "One-third of the world population consumes two-third of the total liquor supply and is potentially alcoholic."

Giving a clinical side of the disease, senior medical officer of GMSH-16 Dr Gopal Bhardwaj said, "Twenty percent of absenteeism and one-fourth of accidents are alcoholic-related."

A representative of Alcoholics Anonymous said, "The rehabilitation process itself is highly individual, adapted by each member to meet his/her own needs. We hold daily meetings to address the problems."

Source: Times of India

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