IN A bid to curb underage drinking in schools, the Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) is visiting schools in the Buffalo City Metro in order to educate pupils on the dangers of alcohol.
ECLB communication officer Pumlani Fani said the aim of the campaign is to educate pupils learners about the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption pose to in their developing bodies and health.
“We also want to encourage the high school pupils learners to refrain from alcohol intake as it derails them in most of their schoolwork activities. Every now and then we go to schools to talk to pupils learners and we tell them not to drink alcohol at all while still in school,” he said.
He said that the campaign also wants pupils scholars to know that alcohol abuse leads to failure, sickness and even death.
Fani said they have visited all high schools in Mdantsane and Duncan Village and have now started in schools in the King William’s Town area.
“We introduce drama, debate and plays on alcohol abuse during our visits so as to not only give talks about it but to also have discussions with the pupils,” he said.
learners.“We are doing this to further strengthen the fight against underage drinking.” specifically to in-school going youth,” he said.
In the month of July, the board will be conducting a foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) information session in the schools around Mdantsane, King William’s Town and Keiskammahoek.
“These sessions will also make the pupils aware about the dangers of consuming alcohol whilest pregnant and which negatively affects , where the development of the foetus,” is negatively affected,” Fani said.
ECLB is urging students to report illegal trading or any form of irresponsible trading to the following platforms:
Toll-free line: 0800-000-420.
Facebook page: Eastern Cape Liquor Board or @EC Liquor Board on Twitter.