alcohol Current Affairs - 2019
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The Global Drugs Survey, a survey of recreational drug-use for the first time polled respondents from India. It found that more than any other nationalities, Indians are seeking help to reduce their alcohol intake which reflects awareness of abuse. GDS 2019 is the 8th annual report published by the organisation.
About Global Drug Survey (GDS)
- It is an independent research organisation based in London, United Kingdom (UK). It runs the largest global survey on recreational drug-use.
- It is basically an anonymised online survey which uses a detailed questionnaire to assess trends in self-reported harms and drug use among regular drug users and early adopters of new trends.
- Covers: Although it is not designed to determine the prevalence of drug behaviour in all the population of country but it throws light on prevalent stigmatized behaviours and health outcomes of that hidden population which is otherwise difficult to reach.
- Importance: It can be used to inform targeted interventions about outcomes of drug-use. It uses its data and expertise to create digital health applications delivering screening as well as brief interventions for alcohol and drugs. It also produces a range of drug education materials for health and legal professionals, the entertainment industry and the general public.
GDS 2019: Key Findings about India
- In comparison to respondents from other nationalities the Indians respondents are seeking help to reduce their drugs and alcohol intake.
- Survey Shows Indians Willingness: that 51% of respondents wanted to ‘drink less’ in the following year and while only about 43% of Indians reported using cannabis but, the 51% among them also wanted to use ‘less cannabis’ in the following year. This wanting is more than any other nationality and reflects awareness of abuse by Indians.
- Tobacco, Alcohol and Cannabis were among the most common drugs used by Indians.
- Drunk Data: Out of almost 1,00,000 respondents from 30 countries worldwide, Indians reported ‘being drunk’ on an average of 41 times in the last one year. They are still behind Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S., and Denmark but well above the global average of 33 times.
- Female Data: Only 6% of female Indians were surveyed who reported seeking ‘emergency medical treatment’ in last one yaer. The global female average for seeking emergency medical treatment was about 13%.
The report of the National Survey on Extent and Pattern of Substance Use in India conducted by National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi sponsored by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has been submitted.
Major findings of the Survey
- About 14.6% of people in the age group 10-75 year i.e. about 16 Crore people consume alcohol.
- The prevalence of alcohol consumption is 17 times higher among men than women.
- Country liquor (about 30%) and spirits (IMFL – Indian Made Foreign Liquor) (about 30%) are the predominantly consumed beverages in India.
- About 5.2% of Indians i.e. 5.7 crore people are estimated to be affected by harmful or dependent alcohol use.
- Every third alcohol user in India needs help for alcohol-related problems.
- States with the high prevalence of alcohol use are Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh and Goa.
- States with high prevalence (more than 10%) of alcohol use disorders are Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, and Arunachal Pradesh.
- About 2.8% of Indians (3.1 Crore individuals) reported of having used any cannabis product within past 12 months (Bhang – 2% or 2.2 crore people; Ganja/Charas – 1.2% or 1.3 Crore people).
- About 0.66% of Indians (or approximately 72 lakh individuals) require help for their cannabis use problems.
- Though bhang use is more common than ganja/charas, prevalence of harmful/dependent use is proportionately higher for ganja/charas users.
- States with the higher than national prevalence of cannabis use are Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Sikkim, Chhattisgarh and Delhi.
- The most common opioid used in India is Heroin, (current use 1.14%) followed by Pharmaceutical opioids (current use 0.96%) and then Opium (current use 0.52%).
- Prevalence of current use of opioids overall is 2.06%.
- About 0.55% of Indians are estimated to need help for their opioid use problems (harmful use and dependence).
- Of the total estimated approximately 60 lakh people with opioid use disorders (harmful or dependent pattern) in the country, more than half are contributed by just a few states: Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
- In terms of percentage of population affected, the top states in the country are those in the northeast (Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Manipur) along with Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.
- About 1.08% of Indians in 10-75 year age group approximately 1.18 crore people are current users of sedatives (non-medical, non-prescription use).
- States with the highest prevalence of current Sedative use are Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram.
- Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat are the top five states which house the largest populations of people using sedatives.
- Inhalants are the only category of substances for which the prevalence of current use among children and adolescents is higher (1.17%) than adults (0.58%).
- An estimated 4.6 lakh children and 18 lakh adults need help for their inhalant use (harmful use/dependence).
- In terms of absolute numbers, states with a high population of children needing help for inhalant use are Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi and Haryana.
People Who Inject Drugs
- It is estimated that there are about 8.5 Lakh People Who Inject Drugs (PWID).
- High numbers of PWID are estimated in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur and Nagaland.
- Opioid group of drugs are predominantly injected by PWID (heroin – 46% and pharmaceutical opioids – 46%).
- A substantial proportion of PWID reports risky injecting practices.
Cocaine (0.10%), Amphetamine Type Stimulants (0.18%) and Hallucinogens (0.12%) are the categories with the lowest prevalence of current use in India.
The Survey notes that access to treatment services for people affected by substance use disorders is grossly inadequate. Just about one in 38 people with alcohol dependence report getting any treatment. Only about one in 180 people with alcohol dependence report getting inpatient treatment/hospitalization for help with alcohol problems. Among people suffering from dependence on illicit drugs, one among 20 people has ever received inpatient treatment/ hospitalization for help with drug problems.
Tags: AIIMS • alcohol • All India Institute of Medical Sciences • Cannabis • Cocaine • Inhalants • Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment • National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre • National Survey on Extent and Pattern of Substance Use in India • New Delhi • People Who Inject Drugs • Sedatives