In some of the world’s most religiously ideological countries, a problem that no one talks about openly is the lack of a good alcohol culture.
Instead, what is often seen in those countries is excessive drunkenness.
A clear characteristic of a country with a good alcohol culture is that people often use alcohol as a means of entertainment.
Alcohol is a means of entertainment only if used in a certain amount. And only if there is a socio-cultural life associated with it.
But in countries with excessive drunkenness, people often use alcohol to satisfy their gluttony. When they drink alcohol, they try to drink as much as possible. He drinks alcohol to the point of falling into the gutter and falling asleep.
Alcohol is common in countries with a good alcohol culture. Relatively cheap. People often drink small amounts of alcohol. Per capita consumption of alcohol is relatively low.
Alcohol is difficult to obtain in countries where drunkenness is rampant. Too expensive. People drink alcohol greedily when they get it. Per capita consumption of alcohol is very high.
In some Asian countries, a man drinks approximately 16.2 liters of alcohol per year. Sri Lanka has the highest alcohol consumption per capita in South Asia. A survey conducted 09 years ago reported that 65% of the alcohol sold in Sri Lanka is kasippu. 23,000 people die each year from alcohol-related illnesses. 65 people die every day due to excessive drinking.
Similarly, Sri Lanka is a country with the most obstacles to buying alcohol. Liquor is very expensive in Sri Lanka. High taxes are levied on alcohol. Sale of alcohol is stopped on Poya days. Some religious festivals stop the sale of alcohol on the day. Alcohol is not allowed to be sold on special holidays like May Day.
Because alcohol is so rare, people drink alcohol like ghosts. In places like weddings, funeral homes, and parties where alcohol is available for free, people drink to the point of falling into the gutter. Because people who drink alcohol do not understand the quantity, problems such as domestic violence, violence and car accidents worsen after that. 48% of suicides in that country are related to heavy drinking.
The treatment of those suffering from diseases related to heavy drinking costs 143 billion rupees per year.
As a remedy for this, new restrictions are always imposed on the sale of alcohol.
This problem is exacerbated when restrictions are imposed on the sale of alcohol. That is what has happened so far. That is what will happen next.
If we want to find a solution to this problem, we must first understand the futility of solving this problem by clinging to religious views in an extreme manner. Religious leaders should be entrusted with the task of solving spiritual problems and the lay people themselves should start looking for answers to the worldly problems faced by the lay people.
As I personally think, the most practical way to solve this problem is to make alcohol more common and affordable so that light alcohol gets more weight.
It means removing the irrational restrictions placed on the sale of alcohol.
Along with this, the law should be strictly implemented in matters such as drunken driving and domestic violence caused by drunkenness.
The most important thing here is that there is some consciousness among the middle class about a good drinking culture.
No one can create an alcohol culture or any other kind of culture by force or artificially. But when people become conscious about it, the society is gradually pushed in that direction.
A good drinking culture will gradually reduce many problems associated with drunkenness.
After all, the idea of a good alcohol culture does not sprout in the poorest or most oppressed strata of society. This social group should be freed from the menace of illegal alcohol and an environment should be created where they can get quality alcohol at a low price.
We are reluctant to openly and openly discuss many issues that need to be discussed in our society. We have created some mental barriers to stop discussing those issues.
In fact, we evolve as a society when we break these mental barriers.