The Association of Alcohol and Suicide: A Perspective from the Idu Mishmi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh, India

Many empirical investigations attempt to explain the link between alcohol use and suicide. It has been discovered that alcohol’s effect as a depressive, as well as the deteriorating impact of alcoholism on work, family connections, and social networks, increases a person’s isolation from the others and a sense of hopelessness, leading to extreme acts of suicide. Alcohol has a significant impact on Idu Mishmi individuals, families, society and socio-cultural life. Because alcohol is regarded as a significant cultural commodity, children learn to use and abuse it at an early age as part of the socialisation process. This socially acquired behaviour drives people to drink alcohol in excess during times of personal crisis. The study found intoxication-related violent behaviour, impulsivity, disinhibition, despair, anger, and other behaviours are closely linked to a variety of crimes, including suicidal acts. This study is exploratory in nature and used anthropological methods to explore some of these associations and establishes alcohol use as an important factor for suicidal deaths among the Idu Mishmis. The study also advocates for a more in-depth analysis, citing the scarcity of data and research.