Nigerian govt makes move to ban alcohol sold in sachet, small bottles

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The Nigerian Government has commenced moves to bring an end to the packaging and selling of alcohol in sachet and small bottles.
The aim of this move is to reduce alcohol availability and also curb its abuse. Effective from January 31 2020, sachet and small bottles alcohol producers are to reduce production by 50 per cent of capacity.
According to the Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, the packagings had caused an increase in the abuse of alcohol in the country.
While speaking via a statement, Adeyeye made reference to the data by the World Health Organisation which claimed that alcohol consumption contributes to three million deaths per year globally as well as contributes to the poor state of health of millions of people.
“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 the negative effects of irresponsible alcohol consumption on public health and the safety and security of the public, alcohol being a toxic and psychoactive substance with dependence 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 NAFDAC DG said.

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