Diwali/Festivals-Cracker shop, Saree houses are overloaded.
Start of academic year-Book and stationary stores are fully packed.
Religious occasions/auspicious days- Flower business go up. Valentine's day-Crowd at 'Gift' shops.
But if there is one shop which is always packed with people at any season and for no reason at any time of a day is the Wine shop (at least here in Chennai).
Are so many people addicted to alcohol? Occasionally consuming it sounds OK, but getting addicted to it needs a second thought. A man under poverty line becoming irresponsible and getting addicted to alcohol will lose a lot.
A search from a website says...
• Advantages: Better cardiovascular health, Improved blood vessel function, Value in religious systems, Social interactions at low to moderate use levels
• Disadvantages: Fetal alcohol syndrome, Driving related problems and violence, Alcoholism, Increased risk for various diseases (Many types of cancer), Interaction with several medications, even OTC drugs