The National Family Health Survey 2015-16 NFHS-4) has shown a considerable reduction in the proportion of men who drink alcohol in Kerala while the number of women who consume liquor has increased. According to reports, the percentage of men who drink in Kerala have also reduced to 37% from the 45.2% in the previous NFHS survey of 2005-06. The survey also reveals that consumption of alcohol is more among rural men (40.8) than urban men (32.8).
According to the report, this change is in sync with the national trend as the proportion of men who consume alcohol in the country also declined slightly from 32 per cent to 29 per cent. The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) data also back the declining trend.But, women who consume alcohol in Kerala have increased from 0.7 per cent to 1.6 per cent. This is when the nation-wide data of women shows a decrease from 2 per cent to 1 per cent. The survey shows that in Kerala, women who drink are slowly getting accepted, but still face stiff resistance.