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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Excessive alcohol consumption could hinder MDGs, says EAC Civil Society platform

The East African Community Civil Society against alcohol abuse has warned that if nothing is done, alcohol abuse could hinder the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The warning was made during the recently concluded international conference on alcohol and drug use that took place in Kampala, Uganda.
According to the Regional Civil Society Body, seven out of the Eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG) are substantially hindered by heavy alcohol consumption that negatively affects them all.
International Evidence shows that alcohol is a cross-cutting risk factor in many areas of public health, as well social vices, from child health, non-communicable and communicable diseases including Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS, gender based violence and crimes, to economic and social development. These grossly hinder sustainable development of households, communities and societies.  > > > >  Read More