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PM Plea: Consume Alcohol Responsibly

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is calling on all Fijians to exercise caution and responsibility when drinking alcohol. Those who drink excessive liquor and behave unlawfully and harass ordinary citizens will
25 Apr 2015 12:13
PM Plea: Consume Alcohol Responsibly

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is calling on all Fijians to exercise caution and responsibility when drinking alcohol.

Those who drink excessive liquor and behave unlawfully and harass ordinary citizens will be punished, he said.

Mr Bainimarama’s comments come in light of recent reports by the Fiji Sun in regards to drunk and disorderly people causing problems for people in Suva City and Nausori Town.

“The Government is especially concerned about recent incidents in Suva and Nausori in which people who have consumed far too much liquor have behaved unlawfully and harassed ordinary people going about their daily lives,” he said.

“The Police are quite rightly cracking down on these incidents and I repeat, as Prime Minister, that they will not be tolerated.

“The offenders punished with the full force of the law. People have a right to enjoy alcohol but they must do so without impinging on the rights of others or creating unnecessary disturbances and violations of the peace.”

Mr Bainimarama said moderate consumption was vitally important to prevent the huge burden that excessive alcohol intake – and the disease of alcoholism – is placing on our health system.

The Prime Minister made these comments yesterday following the commissioning of Paradise Beverage Limited’s new $18million brew house in Walu Bay, Suva.

The message from Government and Coca-Cola Amatil, the major shareholder of Paradise Beverages, was for every Fijian to enjoy alcohol responsibly, drink in moderation and avoid the excesses that often give drinking alcohol such a bad name.

Mr Bainimarama said a drink or two was fine, but too much alcohol was not only a health risk to the individuals involved but a social risk to the stability and financial wellbeing of Fijian families.

“If people can’t drink responsibly, they should definitely consider not drinking at all,” he said.

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