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Beware of Fake Alcoholic Beverages in Nigeria – NAFDAC

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NAFDACThe National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians of the prevalence of fake alcoholic drinks, especially dry gin in the nation’s markets.

Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, its Director, Special Duties, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Tuesday that the agency had continued to advise consumers of alcoholic beverages to be alert and be wary of fake and unregistered drinks.

“Drinking alcohol is bad enough and people are always advised to take it in moderation; so, the danger associated with taking a fake drink can only be imagined,” he said.

Jimoh said that the agency had taken its campaign against fake drinks to Plateau, Gombe, Benue, Bauchi and many other states in north, and had engaged traditional and religious leaders to lead the efforts.

He particularly decried the rampant consumption of drinks like “Ogogoro” (dry gin) and “Goskolo” by youths, and urged stakeholders to join in the fight “especially since the youths are the group most affected”.

“We have found that the youths rely on such drinks to gather enough courage to commit all manners of atrocities like armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, killing and the rest.

We have, therefore, continued to intensify our campaigns and that has resulted into some states coming up with bylaws that banned some alcoholic beverages.

We have also raided production and drinking points of some of these dangerous drinks, especially in Edo and Delta States, because the drinks have damaged many livers, kidneys and other vital organs of the body.

They have also led to the gradual decline in the health status of many youths and totally destroyed their capacity to contribute to societal development,” he said.

Jimoh said that the drinks issue required special attention, especially now that government was asking Nigerians to go back to the farm in efforts to diversify the economy.

“Farming requires a lot of energy – which is the asset of youths. The drinks destroy that energy, hence the need to rid society of them,” he said.

The NAFDAC official explained that it was usually difficult to distinguish between the fake and genuine drinks because “many producers usually gather empty bottles with NAFDAC-approved badges and pour the fake contents into them”. “Our advice is that the consumers must always be on the watch-out,” he said.

He called for more proactive steps from governors to protect members of the public, and alleged that most governors had always paid lip service to the campaign against fake drugs and drinks.

Jimoh expressed satisfaction over the agency’s achievements in its war against counterfeit drinks and drugs.

“The prevalence rate used to be 16.7%, now we have battled it down to 3.4% and shall never relent in the war,” he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

7 Comments

  1. Darius

    August 24, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I still can’t fathom why most men love beer. Beer induces bad breath and pot-belly. I have this beer-loving friend. The way he cherishes and worships beer makes me wonder. Whenever he hears the word ‘beer’, he gets excited. He thinks beer, lives beer, and I’m sure he dreams beer too. If the government can impose a ban on beer, it would save many lives. Many children have dropped out of school and don’t feed well because their dad, who is an unrepentant alcoholic, would rather drink himself to stupor than pay school fees or provide his children’s basic needs. Alcoholism has rendered many people useless. I asked a bonehead to tell me what pleasure he derives from alcohol. His response was, “how do you expect a guy to unwind after a day’s hard work?”. There are a million plus one way to unwind after a day’s hard work. Stop wasting money on beer and gin. It ain’t worth it. Someone would read this and insist that the occasional one or two bottles is not bad. It is bad because it is the occasional one or two bottles that lead to addiction.

    • nwa nna

      August 24, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      @Darius
      Nothing wrong with having a bottle of beer, glass of wine or sipping on some fin spirits in my opinion. The issue is alcohol consumption is excessive in Nigeria & has become a dumping ground for all sorts, additionally there are lots of functioning alcoholics in Nigeria hence the big market for fake alcoholic beverages. Caveat emptor

  2. praizeblog.com

    August 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    tanks for dt information

  3. esteem

    August 24, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Uncle darius if you don’t have any better contribution pls sit at the fence. Have you bothered to ask yourself why alcohol was created? No, I don’t think so. Some of you who still use the sample of your useless parent to judge why some men fail to focus on their responsibilities instead use their money to drink in the beer parlour, beer maybe good but the excess of it is bad just as the white says too much of everything is bad. Do not judge so you will not be judge because one man food is another man’s poison,once you discover its not your kind of thing pls avoid it rather than castigate it, life itself is a choice you could help yourself by choosing wisely and off-course you should understand not everyman drink to comit crime so drink to create a peaceful atmosphere. Many who don’t drink detest it because their evil mind comes to being when they are drunk( you are who you are when you are drunk.

    • Darius

      August 24, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Mr. esteem, beer-lovers always give reasons why they drink. Their best line is: drink but not in excess. I can see that you are also a big fan of the bottle. Do whatever rocks your boat.

    • Kosi

      August 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      I’m with you. It got to a point where my dad could not go a day without at least three bottles of beer. I’m talking about a professor of English language. No he didn’t get drunk, but he had to have it. Everyday! Of course he always had a line of defence. Then it started affecting his health. It took God’s grace to make him at least reduce it. Now he’s a recovering alcoholic.
      So all y’all defending drinking, wait till it destroys your family, then you’ll realize it’s not about the quantity.

  4. Rekiya

    August 24, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    @Darius, your argument for drinking can be applied to everything in life. It could apply to video games as there are addicts, it could apply to pornography as there are addicts, it could apply to prescription drugs as there are addicts, it could apply to sex as there are addicts, it could apply to shopping at al. As an adult, moderation is key. That your father was not disciplined enough or grown up enough to know when and when not to drink doesn’t mean everybody behaves like that.

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