NAFDAC warns against fake alcoholic drinks in the market
The National Agency of Food and Drug Law Enforcement (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians to beware of fake alcohol beverages that have flooded the market.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria yesterday, the Director of Special Duties, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh said, the agency would continue to advise consumers of alcoholic beverages to be alert and be wary of fake and unregistered drinks.
“Drinking alcohol is bad enough and people are always advised to take it in moderation; so, the danger associated with taking a fake drink can only be imagined,” he said.
“We have found that the youths rely on such drinks to gather enough courage to commit all manners of atrocities like armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, killing and the rest.
We have, therefore, continued to intensify our campaigns and that has resulted into some states coming up with bylaws that banned some alcoholic beverages.
We have also raided production and drinking points of some of these dangerous drinks, especially in Edo and Delta States, because the drinks have damaged many livers, kidneys and other vital organs of the body.
They have also led to the gradual decline in the health status of many youths and totally destroyed their capacity to contribute to societal development,” he said.
Speaking further on the menace of alcohol, the director added that regular consumption has rendered many youths unproductive.
Agriculture is an area of economic growth that requires energy and youthfulness, but the circulation of harmful drinks have robbed the sector of the needed manpower.
“They have also led to the gradual decline in the health status of many youths and totally destroyed their capacity to contribute to societal development,”
“Farming requires a lot of energy– which is the asset of youths. The drinks destroy that energy, hence the need to rid society of them”, he said.
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