Sunyani West | Alcohol Consumption On The Rise
The Sunyani West District in the Brong Ahafo has served notice that it plans to clamp down on the level of alcohol consumption among teenages in the district.
This has become necessary after reports that the level of alcohol consumption among people between the ages of 13-16 in the district is on the increase.
Areas such as Richie, Odumasi, Bantama, Koforidua and Fiapre are always hotspots during the weekends as many youth are seen in drinking bars quaffing glasses of alcohol amid dancing at odd hours.
According to statistics available, 80 percent of liver diseases in Ghana are related to alcohol hence the nation needs to be aggressive in getting the youth away from alcohol.
Commenting on the issue, the District Chief Executive for Sunyani West, Mr Martin Obeng revealed that the level of social vices among the youth in the district is becoming alarming and so the assembly will be organising a stakeholders meeting in the coming weeks to curb the menace.
He added that they will be meeting all drinking spot operators in order to streamline the sale of alcohol in the district since there are laws governing the sale of alcohol and drinking bar management and so the assembly is going to ensure that these laws are strictly enforced.
He urged the youth to desist from such practice since it has the tendency of disrupting their future.
This is not the first time such a move is being made as in 2015, there was an attempt to curbe the menace after it emerged at a sensitising worskhop in Nsoatre on the effects of substance in-take and abuse among teenagers after Drinking Bar Operators expressed concern over the high demand for a local liquor, popularly known as “laka” among teenagers.