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Title: Can brewer-sponsored ‘drink responsibly’ warning message be effective without alcohol policies in Nigeria?
Authors: Dumbili, EW
Keywords: Alcohol policy;alcohol-related problems;Brewer-sponsored message;Drink responsibly;Nigeria
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Informa
Citation: Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 21 (6), pp. 434-439
Abstract: Alcohol availability, use and misuse and their related problems are rising in many parts of the African continent and this has been attributed to many factors such as non-existent or ineffective regulatory measures. In contemporary Nigeria, while a culture of intoxication is growing, there are no regulatory measures in the form of alcohol policies to reduce it. What exists is brewer-sponsored self-regulation. This paper therefore, critically analyses this self-imposed 'drink responsibly' warning message, arguing that because responsible drinking messages are strategically designed to serve the interest of alcohol industries, it cannot be effective. The paper further argues that because there are no definitions of standard drinks and where alcohol by volume (ABV) is scarcely inscribed on product labels of alcoholic beverages, such message will remain ineffective. Therefore, it recommends that an urgent step should be taken by the government to formulate and implement comprehensive evidence-based alcohol policies in Nigeria.
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