20 Sep 2006

Vanuatu to legislate in fight against alcohol abuse

7:28 pm on 20 September 2006

Vanuatu's health minister, Steven Morking, says the next parliamentary sitting due in November will look at laws to fight alcohol abuse.

Mr Morking says Melanesian countries in particular are prone to alcohol abuse because of the popularity of kava drinking.

He says the government hopes legislation will stop people drinking to excess.

"People are consuming a lot of alcohol, yeah. Just because kava become a contributing factor because up to 80 percent of people consume kava, and then afterwards there's a washing down where they have to get alcohol."

And after that, they abuse it. so yes its a real problem in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu's health minister, Steven Morking

The WHO says its studies showed that there is an increasing problem of youth drinking in Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guam, the Marshall Islands, Palau and Tonga.