Responses to Sticklish Issues dated June 30
I strongly feel that alcohol should not be sold in residential areas. There are better ways for the Government to garner revenues. Alcohol affects not only the vital organs but can also lead to depression. The ill-effects are not limited just to the alcoholic. We often read about pedestrians being run over by vehicles driven by drunken drivers. It is a pity to see liquor shops and pharmacies exist side by side. It sets a bad example to school-going children. We also need to work on increasing help-lines, and de-addiction and counselling centres for alcoholics.
Dr Priya Ravi, US
In one of the main streets of Perambur, North Madras, which happens to be a residential area, the government has permitted a liquor shop to be opened. Ever since, the place has became unsafe for ladies and girls returning back from offices and schools. To make things worse, many petty shops have sprung up in the area.
V. Narayanan, Navi Mumbai
Liquor shops should not be permitted in residential areas. The evils of liquor consumption are numerous. It affects not only the liver but also the digestive and nervous systems. TASMAC shops is not doubt a revenue generator for the government, but one should not forget that it destroys many poor families.
V. Ramjee, e-mail
Opening liquor shops in residential areas is a step towards destroying social peace and tranquillity. It will entice youngsters to take to drinking. It also raises the crime and nuisance levels. When drinking itself is considered highly undesirable, the question of opening liquor shops in the vicinity of residential areas should not arise at all.
T. R. Anandan, e-mail
Selling liquor is undoubtedly an economic activity, but its ill-effects far outweigh its economic gains.
Opening a liquor shop in a residential area will affect the people living there. It will also induce the youth to take up the habit. Also, there have been instances where families have been displaced unable to tolerate the nuisance levels such shops create. Easy accessibility prompts labourers to visit these liquor shops more frequently.
Dr K. K. Ammannaya, e-mail
Whether consuming liquor is bad, harmless or good, the habit is followed by generations and no ban could eradicate the practice entirely. A coercive suppression creates discomfort in the individual. The issue involves politics and it is quite tricky to resolve.
T.V. Jayaprakash, Palakkad
There cannot be two different opinions on the opening of liquor shops in residential areas. The drunkards often indulge in unruly acts and they create a lot of law and order problems. Such acts will surely disturb women and children.
S. Nallasivan, Tirunelveli