Saint Lucia: As the nation readies for two days of revelry, the Substance Abuse Advisory Secretariat has warned about the dangers of irresponsible behaviour in the use of alcohol and illicit drugs.
Deputy Coordinator of the Secretariat, Joanna Joseph-Henry, encourages caution in activities involving substance use. According to Joseph-Henry, it is important to avoid the harmful use of alcohol and tobacco and keep away from second-hand smoke.
“These substances cause serious health risks and also increase the risk of contracting COVID 19 and its complications. The government wish to remind the public of the dangers of binge drinking. Consuming more than five drinks for men and four drinks for women in one sitting is considered binge drinking. This practice of heavy alcohol consumption can affect judgement, self-control and decision-making and is associated with injury or harm to oneself and others. Remember the body can only absorb a standard alcoholic drink in one hour, and so we need to drink less and to drink slowly to avoid intoxication.”
Joseph-Henry advises that alcohol should be consumed only after a nutritious meal and that it is important to increase one’s intake of water and non-alcoholic beverages. She also issued a caution about serving alcohol to minors.
“Remember alcohol is not for minors, and that includes things like beer and shandy. Do not drink and drive. If you’re out with friends, ensure that at least one person is a designated driver. Look out for your friends; tell them when it is time to stop.”
The Substance Abuse Advisory Secretariat wishes the public a safe and enjoyable carnival season.