According to studies conducted by think tank Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) and Development Management Institute (DMI), 58% women in Bihar felt that they were getting more respect post alcohol ban in the state since April 2016. The Bihar Government has mandated both the studies, out of which one of the institutes involved in the study – DMI – is a government funded knowledge institute. Also, studies revealed that there was a dip in criminal cases and women felt that their opinion was more valued. The same studies claim that people are now spending more money on clothes and food instead of alcohol.
While statistics reveal that the sale of expensive sarees rose by 1751% and dress materials by 910%, consumption of honey and cheese appreciated by 380% and 200% resp.
According to PTI, more than 50% of women felt that they played a better role in making household decisions. Also, the crime rate of the state dipped substantially as there was a reduction in kidnapping cases for ransom by 66.6% followed by a 28.3 per cent dip in murder cases.
According to the consumption statistics from 2011, Bihar’s 44 lakh alcoholics saved Rs 440 crore every month, which amounts to Rs 5,280 crores aprox per year.