I used to be an alcoholic: Javed Akhtar

Added by harini on Jul 03, 2012

Aamir Khan, who made his TV debut with the reality show ‘Satyamev Jayate’, has brought many social issues to lime light through his show. Previously the actor has covered topics like child abuse, female infanticide, dowry system, medical malpractices etc, brought to light the number of lives lost because of alcohol addiction.

The show had a surprise guest in form of famous lyricist Javed Akhtar who confessed that was an alcohol addict during some part of his life. Drinking alcohol which started as a past time ended up being a disease and he turned to an alcoholic. The veteran lyricist said that at one point of time he used to drink a bottle a day.

“I have been addicted to alcohol for 26-27 years. I started drinking at a very young age of 19. When I came to Bombay (now Mumbai) after completing my graduation I started drinking with friends and later it became a habit. Earlier I didn't have enough money but then after my success money flow was also taken care of. Then came a time when I would drink one bottle a day,” he said on the show.

Javed Akhtar advised the young people in the audience, who had raised their hands when asked if they consume alcohol on daily basis, to not drink alcohol.

“I believe that a person who drinks can be three things ghinoney (filthy), gadha or both,” he said.

Many in the audience said that drinking alcohol had become a social obligation.

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