Ghana has launched a National Alcohol Policy after years of working with key stakeholders to combine the fragmented laws that exist on its production, distribution, sale, advertisement and consumption. The Policy was launched in Accra on Friday, March 16, by the Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with the WHO and the Baraka Policy Institute (BPI), a Think Tank established to promote social justice and national development. The 33-page document sets out a policy direction aimed at regulating the production, distribution sale, advertisement and consumption of alcohol, to minimising the negative impact of its consumption on individuals, families and society as a whole.
The Policy cites global best practice for the reduction of alcohol related harms, based on data and information available from the World Health Organisation (WHO), identifying the most effective measures to reduce associated harm as increased taxation, regulating availability and marketing and drink driving counter measures. Other areas of focus include prevention and management of health effects and social services actions; surveillance, research, monitoring and evaluation; drink-driving measures and capacity building, and also using locally designed cultural and social interventions in reducing these alcohol related harms.