About 2,100 teenagers from Swedru Senior High School, Adeiso Presbyterian SHS and student leaders from the Greater Accra Region Students Representative Council, have been educated on the dangers of alcohol under the age of 18 and general alcohol abuse.
Mr. Cyrus deGraft Johnson, Corporate Affairs Manager of Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), during an education session, advised students and young people to avoid alcohol since it would negatively impact on their health.
“Any person under the age of 18 years must stay away from alcohol for their own benefit,” he told the assembly of students.
The encounter with the students forms part of ABL’s anti underage drinking campaign which aims at reaching about 10,000 teenagers this year, to serve as ambassadors to reduce and stop young persons from consuming alcohol.
Mr. deGraft Johnson said last year, the campaign reached over 8,000 secondary school students in Accra.
“As a subsidiary of SABMiller Plc, ABL’s move is in fulfilment of the global beer, wine and spirits producers’ commitment to reduce underage drinking,” he said.
“We can’t sit and wait for alcohol abuse by young persons to become a national issue before we take steps to prevent it. We are acting now before it becomes a problem,” he said.
Mr. Eric Kwesi Mensah, Assemblyman for Adeiso, commended ABL for the initiative, noting that the issue of under-age drinking had been a concern for authorities at the Adeiso Presbyterian Senior High School in recent times.