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Enough with the 'booze talk', what next for the addicts

By Wanjiku Nyakio | July 7th 2015

The entire hullabaloo on alcoholism is unnecessary and has inconvenienced manufacturers, sellers and consumers as well as the public. Fine we have burned and destroyed all the ‘kanyanyas’ pub that are present in our villages, but does that stop the manufacturer from making the killer brews in their well-stocked kitchen? Or does it stop the consumer from purchasing their favorite drink over the neighbors’ fence? Unless we keep watch everywhere, which is impossible, then we labor in vain.

At first the initiative was genuine and welcomed by mothers and wives, but now it has turned into a ridicule field. It’s true that shame and embarrassment has manifested itself in the nation on women and men alike who are publicly imbibing these killer brews rather than working and being part of the development team. On the other hand, the Government and officials are using this as a platform for publicity and their own vital advantage.

For an alcoholic addict or any other addict for that matter, they do not decide to make a big change out of the blue or transform their drinking habits overnight. Recovery is usually a more gradual process. Therefore with the help of a rehabilitation process, avoiding bad influence and minimal use of that drug is a few ways of dealing with the issue. However in our case, we want to do it in a more supernatural way, close all brewing dens, and arrest every other drunkard, without having the slightest thought of the repercussions after.

What alternatives will be used now? Evident, sister drugs of alcohol like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine will exchange hands. The vice will only be accelerated and not curbed as the case and point for this entire exercise. We will be faced with a dire dilemma of a dying nation not only due to drugs but also diseases associated with sharing instruments of injecting hard drugs.

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