Why the War on Alcoholism Requires Concerted Action

Why the War on Alcoholism Requires Concerted Action

Kiambu Deputy Governor Rosemary Kirika says the war against alcohol abuse requires a lot of partnership to control it.

She decried that the county had lost many ambitious and energetic young men and women to alcoholism.

Lack of counseling and follow-up has led some reformed addicts to return to violence, she said.

Young people should be leading productive lives, but instead they are wasting away.

“It is very unfortunate that our young people continue to consume alcohol,” Kirika said.

“We need to see our young people building their homes, working for a living, paying their children’s school fees. We also need to see them attending church.”

She said the war on alcoholism has two main stages: prevention and follow-up.

His office focuses on preventing the sale of alcoholic beverages to young people, who end up abusing them.

“We have to care about our society. Let’s advise our children, our young people and our population about the dangers of alcohol abuse. We don’t want to lose people,” she said.

The Deputy Governor urged families not to tire of talking and advising their young children against alcohol abuse.

“When parents, siblings and even uncles talk to their young children about doing something they know is wrong, many of them tend to stop,” she said.

“They will have helped the government and society to fight against alcoholism.”

Kirika also urged stakeholders to support Vice President Rigathe Gachagua and his wife, Pastor Dorcas, in their efforts to combat alcoholism until all affected youths are reformed.

A counsellor, Faith Gichure, said that due to excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, some men have become impotent and lazy.

They lose their jobs and ultimately vice contributes to poverty.

“We have seen women crying because they cannot have children with their husbands. Some families are breaking up, people are losing their jobs and that is when poverty comes knocking on their door,” she said.

Gichure urged the society to support the government and people of goodwill who are fighting against alcoholism and drug addiction as they are taking care of people they do not even know.

The national president of the Voice of Men and Children, Bishop James Njenga, has called on county governments to cancel some bar licenses.

Some operators are misbehaving by selling alcoholic beverages to anyone just to make money, he said.

“Some bar operators sell alcoholic drinks at all hours. Only if you are not seen,” Njenga said.

“In doing so, other products, such as bhang and other drugs, end up on the market.”

The bishop, who heads the Compassion of Christ Church in Ndeiya, appealed to people to support all efforts aimed at reducing the sale and consumption of illicit drinks and drug abuse.