HC follows Kerala's move to sell liquor to drinkers

KOCHI: The state government's decision to make arrangements for the sale to medically certified people was suspended Thursday during the ongoing blockade.

The division bank of Judge AK Jayasankaran Nambiar and Judge Shaji P. Chaly issued the order in response to requests filed by MP TN Prathapan and the Officers Association. The hearing was carried out through videoconference.

The Association of Medical Officials had argued that no doctor could prescribe liquor as a cure for alcohol withdrawal syndrome because it was against basic medical principles.

State prosecutor KV Sohan stated that allowing the consumption of liquor in moderate amounts was an established medical practice when treating withdrawal symptoms.

Considering that the state government moved a prescription for the disaster, the court said there was no medical literature to support the theory that withdrawal symptoms could be cured by prescribing liquor consumption in moderate amounts.