Churches of Kerala to hold Campaign against Alcohol

Published on: 15 Dec, 2012
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Business News, Thiruvananthapuram District News

14 December 2012

Catholic churches of Kerala State with festival christmas and new year nearer are setting to hold campaign against liquor and is calling on the government to withdraw from the trade.The Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC) which met in Kochi this week approved a 27-point guideline of its Temperance Commission to establish a drug and liquor-free society in the state.

“A government responsible to its people should withdraw from the liquor trade which has been found to damage the physical and mental health of the citizens besides ruining them socially, economically and spiritually,” said Fr Stephen Alathara, deputy secretary general of KCBC.The church would also go on an aggressive awareness campaign. All church institutions would sport hoardings against drinking and drug use, said Fr TJ Antony, secretary of the Temperance Commission, KCBC. Kerala accounts for the country’s highest consumption of alcohol. More than 40% of Kerala’s revenues for its annual budget come from booze.


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