PGIMER doctors chided for ‘prescribing alcohol’

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 30, 2014 11:18 IST

On World Stroke Day on Thursday, the PGIMER Stroke Service got chided by a pioneer neurologist “for prescribing alcohol to people”.

As part of World Stroke Day celebrations, the Stroke Service of the PGIMER had called a press conference to release an awareness booklet on brain stroke at the New OPD Block of the PGIMER on Thursday.

The booklet was to be released by Dr JS Chopra, who is also emeritus professor of the PGIMER. Dr Chopra is also considered one of the pioneers in developing neurology as a super specialty in India.

Just before the booklet’s release function, he pointed out that in “how to prevent stroke” section of the booklet, it had been wrongly mentioned “limit alcohol consumption”.

“When you say use alcohol in limit, it means you agree that up to some extent the use of alcohol is fine, which in any case is not correct,” he said.

“How can a doctor prescribe alcohol, when it is a proven fact that it is harmful for health and causes stroke?” he said to Dr Dheeraj Khurana, head of PGIMER’s Stroke Service, who had published the booklet.

Dr Vivek Lal, head, department of neurology, was also present.

While talking to HT, Dr Chopra instead of printing ‘limited use’, it should have been ‘avoid alcohol’.

He added that long back a PGIMER study conducted on monkeys by experimental medicine department had established that alcohol caused atherosclerosis in which an artery wall thickened, causing accumulation of white blood cells and ultimately stroke.

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