Civil Society under their umbrella Organization Uganda Alcohol Policy Alliance have commended government for enforcing the ban on alcohol Sackets in the market.
They say the ban will prevent children from accessing the alcohol currently being sold by traders and vendors on the street.
“We wish to commended government for adhering to our demand to ban alcoh0l Sackets in the market. This will reduce the rate at which children were accessing this product and reduce consumption by the youth,”Dr.David Kalema Chairperson for the alliance said.
Ministry of Trade recently announced alcohol Sacket ban on the market and has given traders and vendors still with the product in circulation to wind up the sale by end of this Month (May)
A new Alcoh0l Control Bill has been drafted by a small committee chaired by Betty Nambooze, a member of parliament (MP) to be presented as a private members bill. This is a truly historic and ground-breaking process in my country.
Since 1962 when the first Alcoh0l law was drafted and passed into law as the British Colonialists were existing Uganda, nothing on this scale has been done in Uganda to control alcohol. Most actions by the government have been piecemeal work especially concerning alcohol taxation. And so obviously the impact of these measures has been very minimum in the last decades.
it has been estimated that the per capita consumption of alc0hol in Uganda is 9.8 litres (WHO, 2014), but with a population of 58.7% of abstainers from alcohol use, the total per capita consumption of the alcohol users only, shows worryingly high consumption levels. Total per capita consumption of pure alcoh0l is at 23.7 liters in Uganda. For comparison: in Russia that number is 22.3 and in the Republic of Moldova the number is 25.4.
In March 2013, a CNN Study Ranked Uganda 8th in the world and first on the African continent in liquor intake.
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