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Fight the disease of alcoholism—NCIC Head

Published: 
Monday, September 1, 2014
Neha Dawar performs the Khatak dance to the sound of the steel pan played by Rawle Motilal, right, during the National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC) 4th annual Independence Festival of Dance at the Divali Nagar, Chaguanas on Saturday night. PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN

The latest call to fight the disease of alcoholism has come from a leader of the Indo-Trinidadian community. President of the National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC) Dr Deokienanan Sharma said alcoholism is “one of the greatest disease afflicting this country.”

Addressing hundreds of patrons at the Rainbow Dance Festival to mark the 52nd anniversary of Independence at Divali Nagar on Saturday night, Sharma said, “It appears that no function is considered successful or can be successful if alcohol is not served and people feel light and free to do as they please.” Of the many consequences to alcoholism, the most feared is drinking and driving, he said.  “We all, drinkers even, know the terrible consequences of so doing, contributing not only to the awful loss of lives that will result, innocent lives in most cases, but to a total breakdown of law and order. “What is even further troubling is the alarming number of young lives who perish on our roadways because of intoxication and speed,” he said.

Drinking responsibly, he said, was a major way to improve road safety that is solely dependent on people’s own behaviour and attitudes. “I say ‘responsible drinking’ because I think it would be quite far-fetched to call for a total ban.” Sharma pointed out that apart the pomp and pageantry associated with the Independence celebrations, it was important to take stock of what present and previous governments have achieved, and “what we as citizens have individually and collectively done to make this country a better one.”