Different Types of Alcohol

The danger caused by the indiscriminate consumption of alcohol which is possible because of easy accessibility has forced the Nigerian government to move to curtail its use in the country.

Consequently, the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control has issued a  statement limiting the manufacture and use of these potential products.

 In astatement by the Director-General of the National Agency for Foods and DrugsAdministration and Control, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye on Saturday titled: ‘NAFDACcautions on alcohol abuse.’

It read, “NAFDAC under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Health, once again, wishes to bring to the attention of the general public, concerns relating to the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in sachets, small volume glass, and PET bottles.

“These concerns relate to negative effectsof irresponsible alcohol consumption on public health and on the safety andsecurity of the public, alcohol being a toxic and psychoactive substance withdependence producing properties.

“Uncontrolled access and availability of high concentration alcohol in sachet and small volume PET or glass bottles have been put forward as a factor contributing to substance and alcohol abuse in Nigeria with its negative impact on the society.

“The World Health Organisation reportsthat alcohol consumption contributes to three million deaths each year globallyas well as to the disabilities and poor health of millions of people.

NAFDAC with the full support of the Federal Ministry of Health has continued to exercise its regulatory responsibilities by ensuring that all alcoholic beverages and other regulated products approved by the agency meet set standards of quality, safety, and wholesomeness.

“The Federal Ministry of Health isconcerned about the high incidence of substance and alcohol abuse in thecountry and NAFDAC, being the competent authority and working with relevantstakeholders, is increasing efforts to stem this.

A Sip of Liquor

With regard to alcohol, major stakeholders have been engaged at the highest level and are already sensitised to the issue. To this end, several interventions jointly agreed upon by major stakeholders are being undertaken and as a first step, no new products in sachet and small volume PET or glass bottles above 30 percent ABV will be registered by NAFDAC.

“Furthermore, to reduce availability and curb abuse, effective January 31, 2020, producers of alcohol in sachets and small volume PET and glass bottles are to reduce production by 50 percent of capacity prior to January 2020. The overall goal is a complete phase-out of high concentration alcohol in sachets and small PET and glass bottles in line with the agreed road-map or earlier.”