Symposium on alcohol menace

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By 2017-11-21

It is high time to revisit the policy and the strategies taken to address the alcohol menace and look at the matter from a different perspective, the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) stated in a press release and added that there is a trend in the society to persuade the community to foster an alcoholic culture.

In this regard the NATA in collaboration with the Directorate of Mental Health and professional colleges has organized a symposium to strengthen the existing mechanisms to curtail the promotion of alcohol and to enhance the existing preventive and rehabilitative process. Professionals in the relevant fields will be participating as resource persons at this symposium.

The symposium will take place today (21) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI) in Colombo.

Alcohol is associated with more than 200 diseases and conditions and is a major risk factor for Non-Communicable Diseases, the press release said. In addition, it is a leading factor for the poverty of any country.

Having thought of the higher priority, the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine has formulated a policy on alcohol control for the country with the involvement of all the stakeholders.

This policy was launched in 2016 with the patronage of the Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne. Due to the efforts taken in this regard by State institutions and non-governmental organizations during the recent past, the country has achieved many successes.

In spite of all these successes there is a trend in the society to persuade the community to foster an alcoholic culture, the release further added.

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