Meru residents’ annual alcohol consumption hits Ksh4B, report reveals

Meru County has been ranked the 1st alcohol consuming county in the country with a revenue of Ksh4 Billion annually being spent on alcohol.

Stakeholders have now embarked on a sensitization campaign targeting residents and a mop-up of all illegal joints, an exercise that has seen over 135 bars closed so far.

Speaking during a roadshow aimed at sensitizing the residents of Meru County on the effects of alcohol consumption and addiction, Meru County Alcoholic Board CEO Mbaabu Muguna expressed the need to regulate bars and other alcoholic joints within the county.

Besides the closure of bars, the board has also closed down various alcoholic joints situated near education institutions.

Muguna said that the alcoholic board will work closely with NACADA in ensuring that all illicit brew and the counterfeit alcoholic drinks are faced out.

He added that the Meru county government has already come up with a program to ensure that those in addiction goes to the county rehabilitation center.

His sentiments were echoed by Kanana Nteere, the Meru county Maendeleo ya wanawake chair who added that the women group is working hard to fight alchoholism in the county.

Kanana said most of the people who suffer due to alcoholism are women and children as their fathers go into a drinking spree rendering them vulnerable.

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