The decision by Ivory Coast to ban the production, importation, and sale of alcohol in sachets on health grounds has created a decidedly mixed reaction from people in neighbouring country, Ghana.
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In Ghana, some teetotallers have hailed the move, but others believe it will not in any way deter binge drinking as being stated by government in Ivory Coast.
Kojo, a 24-year-old student from the Ghana Institute of Journalism told Pulse.com.gh that: “I don’t believe that banning things work in any instance. It did work for marijuana and alcohol in the past, it won’t work this time round.”
For Franklin, there are “different cultures between Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire. People who want to drink will do so regardless of the circumstances.”
The Ivory Coast government banned the sale of water in plastic bags two years ago, a move which sparked protests across the country.
The government had then indicated that it took the decision in a bid to reduce pollution.
Maame, a secretary working around East Legon in Accra believes these and many more should be replicated in Ghana.
She indicated that “health wise, it is not good to be storing such things on sachets, also considering the pollution and all.”
But seated behind his laptop in a digital publishing firm, William, a 28-year-old social media officer said: “If the sachet are polluting the environment, it [alcohol] can be packaged in paper packs as well.”
He said he has been drinking from his teenage days, and banning alcohol sachets will in no way “solve the consumption of alcohol.”
But for those who have decided to stay away from alcohol, the Ivory Coast move is in the right direction.
A preacher in Accra believes “alcohol should be banned in Ghana. Making alcohol that accessible will endanger a lot of lives. It will promote drinking and driving.”
When asked if she agrees with the preacher, a woman in her early 30s said banning the product in sachets will deter “people from drinking at inappropriate places and acting foolishly.”
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