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Surviving Alcoholism: Who Pays the Price For Alcohol Addiction?

People who have been impacted by alcoholism speak to The Quint in this heart-wrenching story of addiction.

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How does alcohol addiction impact people and their loved ones?

“My mother was hospitalised. I was supposed to stay in the hospital and look after her. But the moment I found time, I went to the wine shop and got myself a bottle. Then I’d come back, inebriated, and sleep in a blackout.”
Pulin, 53

In this episode of Unmute, we talk to people living and dealing with alcoholism, and find out what it’s like to overcome or lose your life to alcoholism.

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“I used to wake up and drink a quarter. Then I’d sleep again and wait for my mother to wake me up for dinner. I’d drink another quarter with dinner. This was if I stayed at home. If I went out, I’d easily drink four quarters a day.”
Sanjana*, 22

Alcohol is responsible for killing over 2.5 lakh Indians every year, as per a 2018 report by the WHO.

In this podcast, we spoke to a 53-year-old former alcoholic who has been sober for over six years now, a 22-year-old woman who was hospitalised because of alcohol-related health complications, a man who lost his uncle to alcoholism, and another whose family was torn apart because of his father’s alcohol addiction.

And together, we try to answer the question: What does alcoholism take from people?

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