In a decisive move aimed at curbing the consumption of sachet alcoholic drinks, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has initiated nationwide enforcement actions.
Effective February 1, 2024, the ban covers importing, manufacturing, distributing, selling, and consuming alcoholic drinks in sachets, PET, and glass bottles of 200 ml and below.
This action follows the expiration of the window period granted to manufacturers, concluding on January 31, 2024, for selling existing stock within the restricted category.
To encourage responsible alcohol consumption and protect public health, NAFDAC is stepping up its enforcement actions, significantly changing the regulatory environment.
Here are 5 reasons why NAFDAC placed a ban on these products
NAFDAC emphasizes the urgent need for the ban as small-sized alcoholic drinks facilitate underage drinking among children and adolescents. Such reckless alcohol consumption can lead to adverse consequences, including substance abuse, poor academic performance, risky behavior, and long-term health issues.
These drinks are often misused because they are readily available and affordable. Abuse like this has been linked to major health issues like cancer, liver cirrhosis, a high rate of traffic deaths, and even trauma to family members owing to expensive medical bills.
Drivers of commercial vehicles are more prone to abusing sachet alcoholic drinks in an attempt to stay awake while driving, putting public welfare and road safety at risk.
Maternal and fetal health
The affordability of sachet alcoholic drinks often leads pregnant women to consume them, resulting in serious health consequences for both the developing baby and the mother.
The production of alcoholic drinks in PET bottles and sachets contributes to the accumulation of single-use plastics and nylon waste, worsening environmental pollution and creating challenges for waste management.
It’s important to note that as of January 31, 2024, there are no alcoholic drinks within these categories that NAFDAC registers.