The anti-drug agency in Kenya NACADA has now cautioned parents and guardians against consuming alcohol in the presence of children.
The authority has appealed to Kenyans to report such incidents for immediate action, with those who are consuming and abusing drugs in organized home parties in the presence of children being targeted.
In a statement on Saturday July 25, NACADA chair Mabel Imbuga stated that they are concerned about the growing trend of people consuming alcohol from home which is exposing children and young people to underage drinking.
“Drinking at home also undermines the protective home environment for the pupils and students who are staying at home because of the containment measures imposed by the government to check the spread of Covid-19”, Imbuga stated
“We appeal to members of the public to report such cases to NACADA through our toll-free line No. 1192(Monday to Friday during working hours) or to any national government administration officers,” she added.
Nacada wants parents to take advantage of the situation to create an alcohol-free home environment as well as build closer relationships with their children.
Imbuga cited surveys by the authority which attributed the high prevalence of drug abuse in primary and secondary schools to drug use at home.
“This clearly shows the home environments have increasingly become a risk factor as many of the respondents indicated they were initiated into alcohol and drug use at home,” she stated.
The Ministry of Health intends to ban the sale of alcohol to sit-in customers at various joints.
Restaurants, eateries, bars, food courts, entertainment joints, supermarkets, wines and spirits; or any other business establishments will be targeted.
The proposals were in a draft regulation, which if implemented, would have a great bearing to the alcohol industry.