Reclaim ‘lost’ human beings

2016-06-08 06:00

WORLD Tobacco Day was celebrated on 31 May and there is a global acceleration in addressing the dangers of smoking.

Concurrently, there is discussion to change the legal age to consume alcohol from 18 to 21. Currently alcohol is easily obtainable by under 18-year-olds and the law remains paralysed to act.

Further, licensed alcohol outlets disregard trading hours, conduct business with illegal liquor outlets, and frighteningly, transact with pupils.

Attractive advertising and colourful drinks are all intended to draw the individuals to “join the party”, while the compulsory segment of the advertisement prohibiting the sale of alcohol to under 18’s is in small print, and not accentuated.

Government is dragging its feet to prohibit the advertising of alcohol and ironically wants to change the legal age. Not being pessimistic, we are faced with serious issues where drug addiction, sex in primary and secondary schools and an increase in pregnancies at school going age, coupled with children of the street that is spiraling out of control, changing the age limit to 21 will not in any way assist alleviate the social ills we are challenged with. Abstinence must be prioritised and encouraged via aggressive programmes.

We have to reclaim valuable human beings lost to alcohol and drugs via also giving attention to rehabilitation centres.
Communities are crying out for help for youth trapped in the cycle of drug and alcohol addiction - sadly the state facilities in this regard are embarrassing.

jay jugwanth Via email

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