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ALCOHOL consumption, more specifically binge drinking, is causing health officials no small cause for alarm as Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St John painted a dismal picture yesterday of the health of Barbados.
During a presentation of the core findings of the Barbados Health of the Nation survey at a wellness seminar in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Culloden Road, St Michael, the Chief Medical Officer said binge drinking – consuming four to five alcoholic drinks or more in one sitting – was on the rise, with 15 per cent of the participants admitting to having done so within a month of the survey. In giving a breakdown, St John said five per cent of the women and 25 per cent of the men were guilty.
St John said such practices contributed to alcoholism, which had repercussions of violence, and added they were also in a continual fight to advocate against drinking and driving.
She also said too many people were diabetic and hypertensive; too little people took part in proper diet and exercise, and alcohol consumption was on the rise.
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