Beware of excessive alcohol use today
- Health Minister
Even as Guyanese prepare to celebrate the country’s 39th Republic anniversary today, the Health Ministry is urging them to guard against excessive consumption of alcohol.
Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, at a press conference on Friday, lamented that the auspicious day often brings with it the desire to consume generous amounts of intoxicating spirits.
But, according to the Minister, the excessive use of alcohol is not only bad for an individual’s state of mind but it can also lead to dehydration.
“The consumption of alcohol should be limited. Alcohol should be consumed at the appropriate time and place. If I had my way I would say don’t drink at all, but even I am sensible enough to know that many people will not be listening to me,” the Minister noted.
In addition to the well-known notion that drinking and driving could prove to be very dangerous, Dr Ramsammy said that alcohol could cause people to become less inhibited than they usually are.
“With alcohol and people enjoying themselves, there is need for them to be cautious in terms of sexual activities. We will introduce an advisory that if people engage in sexual activities they should be cautious if they are consuming alcohol.”
The Minister disclosed, too, that the Food and Nutrition Department of the Health Ministry will be tasked with putting out a special advisory on the use of energy drinks, since it is believed that they are being abused.
“Energy drinks have become very popular now, and I have been told that the newest thing is to mix them with alcohol. This is a very potent combination. Persons should not mix them at all because the combination could be deadly – it will increase the effect of the alcohol.”
According to the Minister, while his Ministry is not in possession of all the scientific facts as it relates to the mixing of energy drinks and alcohol, efforts will be continually made to discourage such a practice.
Minister Ramsammy also said that during Mash activities Health Inspectors will be traversing the Mash routes to ensure that food vendors are operating in a hygienic and safe manner.
“I am concerned about the vendors because more and more of them are operating in insanitary conditions, and so we will be out looking for them.”
However, the Minister noted that the onus is also on citizens to use their judgement when purchasing foods from vendors on Mash day.
The Health Ministry, which will be actively participating in the celebrations, will unleash a 100-strong band that will depict healthy living and positive lifestyles.
Minister Ramsammy has expressed optimism that his Ministry will stand out as in previous years with its outstanding creations, which in the past have caused the Ministry to cop the Best Costume crown.