NGOs Call for Ban of Liquor Sachets in Malawi

Several NGOs in Malawi and consumer watchdogs demand a total ban on the sale of liquor spirit sachets

Several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Malawi and consumer watchdogs demand a total ban on the sale of liquor spirit sachets, which they blame for fuelling alcohol abuse among the youth.

Consumers Association of Malawi executive director, John Kapito, states that, “Malawians are poor, so the most attractive recreational drug they can afford is liquor in sachets, sadly, these sell at less the cost of a lottery ticket."

Liquor sold in small sachets was first outlawed in the Southern African country in May of 2013, but the move was appealed by manufacturers and since then, liquor sachet sales have risen, resulting in more youth becoming dependent on alcohol – and some dying after taking too many on an empty stomach.

To read the article titled, “Looming liquor sachet ban stirs debate in Malawi,” click here.

Source: 
World Bulletin

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