Alcoholism and the politics of total prohibition in Tamil Nadu state, India: A historical and sociological overview

Karunanithi Gopalakrishnan


The consumption of alcohol in one form or other has prevailed throughout the history of the world. The first half of this paper deals with the socio-cultural roots of alcoholism and drinking habits in ancient India, besides discussing its socioeconomic implications and impact on several areas of life. In the second half, it presents the history of the implementation and repeal of total prohibition in Tamil Nadu state against the backdrop of incumbent Dravidian political parties and a series of statewide anti-liquor protests during 2016 –2017.


Alcohol, alcoholism, prohibition, anti-liquor protest

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ISSN: 2062-087X

DOI: 10.14267/issn.2062-087X