"Dry" Pakistan Sees Boom in Alcoholism

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Despite being a dry country for over 30 years, Pakistan shows rising problems in alcoholism:

"Despite being banned, alcohol is easily available, prompting rising alcoholism and a growing trade in clinics trying to treat middle-class patients

The Pakistani banker told his story nervously, kneading his hands as he spoke. His wife had deserted him, his family was furious, and his career had stalled. "My problem is whisky," he said, shaking his head with regret.

The 32-year-old professional was sitting in an addiction clinic, hidden down a quiet street in the capital, Islamabad. He had relapsed from the expensive treatment programme twice already; now he had been dry for more than three months. "This time it's for good," he said, with just a glimmer of self-doubt.

Read More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/27/alcoholism-boom-pakistan

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