Since the liquor ban came into effect, hundreds of people have reported to have been suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms. For the most serious of drinkers medical treatment is necessary to combat the life threatening withdrawal effects. In response, the government has created 38 addiction centers which have been flooded with people. According to a reports by the State Health Society of Bihar, over 900 alcoholics have been admitted in only a few days.
"It may take some time <…> but the addicted persons can get well in rehabilitation centers," President of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) of Bihar Dr. Sunil Kumar said.
"Initially, this kind of problems come <…> but with the help of medicines and proper counseling, the addiction can be cured," Dr. Binda Singh, a psychiatrist, stated.
Although, the government has been widely lauded for adopting its draconian prohibition policy, the next big challenge will be provide an efficient system rehabilitate from addiction.