Pakistan Battles Growing Alcohol Addiction

1:27 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Pakistan Battles Growing Alcohol Addiction

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The subculture of liquor enjoyment belies Pakistan's status as officially "dry". That is, the 96 percent of Pakistanis who, according to official figures are Muslim, are not supposed to drink.The penalty if they do so is 80 lashes but it is not strictly enforced. Although there are many harmless social gatherings, there is also a growing problem of addiction to the bottle.
Alcoholism is a growing problem in Pakistan despite it being illegal for the Muslim majority to drink. The BBC's Charles Haviland finds lives ruined and clinics and therapy groups trying to overcome a taboo subject. Late one night, the beat of dance music drifts down from an upper storey of an apartment block on the edge of a Pakistani city.