Amid lockdown, Kerala wants to issue special liquor passes
Kerala's 'liquor prescription'
Supplying liquor to tipplers
What the order states
The order said that those who have physical and mental issues due to withdrawal symptoms could be given liquor in a "controlled" and "prescribed" manner.
It also says that such persons with withdrawal symptoms should approach the Public Health Centres, Taluk hospitals, district hospitals, general hospitals or the medical college hospitals and get themselves examined by the doctor.
"If such a person gets a prescription from the doctors saying he has withdrawal symptoms, he could be provided with liquor in a controlled manner," the order read.
How to get a liquor pass
The pass can be produced before the Beverages Cooperation Managing Director, who will take necessary steps to distribute liquor, the order said.
It also said that the liquor outlets need not be kept opened for this purpose.
"Those showing withdrawal symptoms should be provided scientific treatment which can be given at homes or by giving medicines after admitting them at hospitals," IMA state president Abraham Varghese said.
So far the state has recorded three suicides of those who had withdrawal symptoms, allegedly upset over not getting liquor following alcohol ban.