– Zimbabwean Government has revived its bid to regulate consumption of alcohol with a Cabinet committee recently approving a draft policy outlawing sale of alcoholic products during certain days, hours and to pregnant women.
The policy is the brainchild of former Health Minister Dr Timothy Stamps, who is now Health Advisor in the Office of the President and Cabinet.
Dr Stamps argued the policy is the right pathway in maintaining good health as well as protecting people against alcohol abuse.
Information shows that motor vehicle drivers found with a blood alcohol concentration of above 0,08 per 100ml of blood face arrest and those found selling the product to pregnant women will also be arrested.
The policy also proposes that any alcohol advertisement should be done not less than 100 metres from a road intersection, school, clinic, hospital, church and old people’s homes.
According to a report by The Washington Post in 2014, Zimbabwean men and women were ranked sixth and seventh respectively on Africa’s top drinkers list.
Source: Sunday Mail