Recently, social justice and empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot stated in the Rajya Sabha that over 5.7 crore people in India are addicted to alcohol. He also claimed that there were over 77 lakh opioid users in the country, and that all these people needed help.
According to Gehlot, alcohol is the most common psychoactive compound used by Indians, followed by cannabis and opioids.
The findings were part of a national household survey by the Social Justice and Empowerment ministry in 2018. Gehlot said,
The report establishes that a substantial number of people use psychoactive substances in India and the substance use exists in all the population groups with adult men bearing the brunt of substance use disorders.