Excessive Alcohol Consumption Is Bad -NCD Boss Warns


The Director of Non-Communicable Diseases, Dr Santigie Sesay at a day’s seminar organized by Foundation for Rural and Urban Transformation (FORUT) on alcohol policy at the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) Hall, Brookfields warned against the excessive consumption of alcohol beverages.

According to the NCD Boss, excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to many implications including impairment, depression, anxiety profuse sweating, unprotected sex, accident and injuries, among others.

Dr. Sesay urged appropriate Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), religions and youth groups and local authorities to increase the level of education and awareness on alcohol consumption across the country which, he said, is the reason why there is the need to develop a policy on alcohol that will be implemented.

The newly established NCD Division in the Health Ministry, he said can play role in the policy formulation process by collaborating with law and policy makers to ensure that appropriate information are made available in decision making.

WHO member States, he said, have demonstrated leadership and commitment to reducing harmful use of alcohol in recent years.

The Seminar, Dr. Sesay therefore said, was necessary as there is no policy in place on alcohol control in the country.

The seminar was graced by participants from MDAs, civil society organisation and the media.