The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that more than 3 billion people or 57% of the global adult population live free from alcohol.
According to the W.H.O many of this global adult population live free from alcohol are living in low and middle income countries.
Again the W.H.O has revealed a very disturbing situation where the alcohol industry is pushing aggressively to convert children, youth and adults to alcohol consumers and in doing so threatening health, well-being and socio-economic development of countries such as Ghana.
It is based on this that the Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) on the occasion of World Alcohol-Free Day called on government through the Ministry of Health and Food and Drugs Authority to finalize and enact the national alcohol regulations bill in order to protect and promote the human right to health and development through alcohol policy solutions.
VALD again urged government to use scientifically proven, highly effective alcohol policy solutions recommended by the WHO, especially as raising alcohol taxes, banning alcohol advertising, and reducing the availability
In a statement signed by the Programmes Director of VALD, Labram M. Musah to mark the day disclosed that more efforts are needed at national level to protect people’s right to live free from alcohol and to promote health and development through alcohol prevention.
The noted that the W.H.O Global Alcohol Strategy provides guidance for policy-makers in developing countries including Ghana by encouraging them to support children, youth and adults in their alcohol-free way of life and to protect them from pressures to start consuming alcohol.
“ It is interesting to say that majority of the global adult population lives free from alcohol and even in high-income countries where more people consume alcohol, there is now a youth generation coming up that chooses to stay alcohol-free longer, embracing healthier, sustainable lifestyle choices.” Portion of statement read.
The statement further explained that alcohol is a massive obstacle to sustainable development for individuals, communities and entire societies, as it adversely affects 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Clearly, living free from alcohol and making alcohol-free choices helps promote societal development, economic prosperity and thriving communities. It added.
In 2020, the World Alcohol-Free Day focuses on the benefits of making alcohol-free choices, empowering people to live healthy lives and build sustainable communities. It stated.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH