Alcohol killing Indian men in Britain: Study

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 22:28

London: Indian men in Britain are more
susceptible to alcohol-related problems than white British
males, according to scientific study published on Wednesday.

The research found that deaths linked to alcohol were
disproportionately high among Indian men here, and exploded
the "myth" that Indian men did not drink much alcohol.

"The evidence is showing that for every 100 white British
males that are dying from alcohol-related disease in the UK
there are 160 Indian men in the UK dying," said the report`s
author, Dr Gurprit Pannu.

"That`s a massive increase. And on top of that what we
see now is an increased admission rate to hospital."

Scientists believe the reasons behind Indian men`s
susceptibility to the effects of alcohol are biological and
cultural.

Dr Pannu said: "They have a different pattern of
drinking. Sikhs, for example, drink spirits more than lager.

"With spirits, the alcohol consumption is higher and you
are not going to get a full stomach like you do with lager."

The report urges the British government to provide more
"culturally specific" advice to help combat the problem.

Dr Pannu said it was a "myth" that Indian men were light
drinkers.

"Historically people think that people from the Indian
sub-continent drink less than people here in the UK but the
evidence put together showed that this just wasn`t true," he
said.

The report, titled Alcohol Use In South Asians In The UK,
was written for the British Medical Journal.

It was conducted by Dr Pannu, a consultant psychiatrist
who works in Sussex, southeast England.

Bureau Report




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