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Health ministry aims to reduce alcohol consumption in three years

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2015 | 7:07 AM
Speaking at a National Alcohol Policy Workshop, yesterday, Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, disclosed that the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of non-communicable diseases has been approved by Cabinet.

The Ministry of Health is looking to reduce the harmful consumption of alcohol by three per cent by 2018.

Speaking at a National Alcohol Policy Workshop, yesterday, Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, disclosed that the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of non-communicable diseases has been approved by Cabinet.

He says the Ministry plans to implement the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations for the reduction of the harmful use of alcohol through a number of stakeholders.

As part of that a social marketing campaign designed to discourage harmful use of alcohol is to be implemented to raise public awareness, especially among the youth, about alcohol-related health risks, including Cancer.

The Ministry is also to strengthen the capacity of health-care services to deliver prevention and treatment interventions for hazardous drinking and alcohol use disorders.

Quoting statistics related to the use of alcohol by adolescents, Ferguson said alcohol remains the most widely used substance among adolescents.

He disclosed that approximately 10 per cent of the students interviewed reported getting drunk an average three times and 12 per cent of the students reported consuming five or more alcoholic beverages.