Alcoholism on rise in Pokhara

Himalayan News Service

Pokhara, June 21:

The number of alcohol users is rapidly increasing in Pokhara day after day, according to hotel entrepreneurs. Alcohol consumption is also on the rise at parties and functions. "There is no age bar. Young and the old alike buy alcohol," said Suresh Gurung, proprietor of the Open House at Chipledhunga. However, the number of old people is greater, he said. "Some people take drinking as a symbol of fortune." To cater to the increasing demand for alcohol, the production of home-made liquor is also rampantly increasing. The alcohol worth Rs 100 million is transacted in Pokhara every year. According to the general manager of Sumi Distillery, BS Gurung, the business of locally made alcohol is going up.