Iran to open 150 alcohol treatment centres

Iranian police dump confiscated beer cans in Tehran in 2009.

Iran plans to open 150 alcohol treatment centres, a health ministry official said on Monday, in an acknowledgement of the scale of abuse in a country where drinking is illegal.

The head of the ministry’s drug abuse department, Dr Alireza Norouzi, told the ISNA news agency that the 150 day centres would provide special settings and educational courses to help people give up alcohol.

Six of the centers to be opened by March 2016 would also provide in-patient detoxification, Norouzi said.

Iran opened its first detoxification center in Tehran in late 2013.

Authorities estimate that as many as 200,000 Iranians have an alcohol problem despite the ban on drinking in force since the Islamic revolution of 1979…

  • ontario john

    Drunken muslims, what a scary thought. Though if I had to live in a muslim country I would probably be drunk all the time.

  • I would drink, too, if my leaders were madmen who wanted nuclear war.

  • Waffle

    Going for treatment could be a bit of a problem. . .

  • Martin B

    The rats in that dump must be plastered 24/7.

  • Xavier

    None of their patients fall off the wagon hearse, though.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I know a few Muslims who drink and even own a liquor store. It makes them better, more mellow persons IMO.

    • Frau Katze

      That’s interesting to know. I remember my daughter and her husband were friends with an Arab guy, who said, “My mother’s coming for a visit. I need to stash my alcohol at your place.”

  • mauser 98

    …hic.. where?

  • Petrilla

    I knew a Jordanian long ago who worked at the LCBO. He peppered his discussion regularly with and I always told them F**k your king, whereupon they beat and tortured him regularly. When he finally escaped, he adored Canada and Ontario. He was often heard to sing “f**k your king as he happily unloaded all that liquor at the LCBO. I imagine it was nirvana for him, such a happy guy. I often use his words while watching the news.

  • UCSPanther

    If you lived in a dull and monochromatic totalitarian state where saying the wrong thing will get you the inquisition, you would be a drunk too…

  • Gary

    Too late Michael Bryant already killed someone with his car.

  • pike bishop

    I guess they haven’t heard it is a very lucrative source of revenue for government.

  • Hard Little Machine

    They’ll just hang them in the public square.