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Paramilitary forces having chronic alcoholism cases

New Delhi | March 14, 2006 8:15:06 PM IST

Long working hours, lack of holidays, postings in "difficult" and dangerous places and separation from family members have led to many chronic cases of alcoholism in paramilitary forces, the Lok Sabha was informed Tuesday.

As many as 496 cases of chronic alcoholism have been found in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Minister of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal told the lower house of parliament, adding that domestic problems was a major cause.

To combat early symptoms of addiction and alcohol dependency, the CRPF wives welfare association, along with the Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses and the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime, has begun an awareness campaign.

Some chronic cases were also being treated at the CRPF’s base hospital and de-addiction clinics, Jaiswal said.