Warning against binge drinking
AN APPEAL IS BEING MADE to Barbadians to drink alcohol in moderation during the big Crop Over weekend.
The plea has come from Minister of Health John Boyce, Minister of Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss, as well as chief executive officer of Banks Holdings Ltd, Richard Cozier.
Speaking shortly after a tour of Banks Barbados Breweries yesterday, Boyce warned that those who engaged in binge drinking were opening themselves to serious health complications.
“We promote the use of alcohol in moderation. This is a season of revelry where people want to have a good time. J’Ouvert [Foreday Morning Jam] morning, we’re going to jump up and have a good time and also on Monday morning [Grand Kadooment], but what we are asking Barbadians to do is to do it in moderation,” he said.
“Please let us have no casualties because of it and let’s have no down-the-road health issues as a result of what we term binge drinking.”
Inniss too cautioned about the heavy drinking.
“People are saying that when I used to be Minister of Health I used to tell people not to drink or smoke, but now that I am the Minister of Industry I am saying now that it is okay to drink and smoke.
“But let me make this absolutely clear: I have always encouraged that everything should be done in moderation . . . and that includes drinking,” he said.
Cozier said Banks had always promoted responsible drinking.