March 18, 2018, 9:48 am
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Media should stop using ‘Nakainom’

REPORTERS repeat the drunkards claim, nakainom, that the drunkards were unaware, unknowing, utterly surprised that what they had been pouring from the bottle, into their glasses, and swallowing all along, was agua de pataranta. 

Harmful and immoderate alcohol-use perpetrating youth violence, are risk factors, for the victim, the aggressor, the community. In the Philippines, the young are forced, lured to imbibe to become alcoholics. Distillers and advertisers do everything possible to convince the youth (and the old too) to drink... drink... drink, via ads. 

Hear that one repeated ad in media to convince the young that this one alcohol brand is designed specifically for “Junior”... meaning 12 or younger? 

There is the same amount of alcohol in: 1 bottle of beer, 1 jigger of whiskey/gin, one wine glass of wine.

Our fearless and unflinching President Duterte hopefully would next concentrate on the reduction of criminality using “nakainom” as excuse. Drunkenness deserves the attention of the President after his fight against illegal drugs and cigarette addiction.

Youth violence from the high-pressure selling of cheap agua de pataranta takes many forms including bullying, gang violence, sexual aggression, and assaults occurring in streets, bars and nightclubs. The victims and perpetrators alike are young people, and the consequences of youth violence can be devastating.

Reducing harmful alcohol use among young people should thus be considered a priority for DOH to minimize violence. Harmful use of alcohol by young people is defined as a pattern of alcohol use that results in danger to health and life. 

On the WHO report on violence and health, youth are defined as young people aged 10–29. Practitioners and health professionals have a key role in leading partnerships and prevention. A WHO fact sheet summarizes the role of alcohol in youth violence, the magnitude of the problem, risk factors for involvement in alcohol-related youth violence, prevention measures, and the role of public health.

Link between alcohol and violence is epidemic among young people. Alcohol use directly slows mental and physical function. Hazardous alcohol use can reduce self-control and the ability to process decisions and assess risks, and can increase emotional control, to make the drunk resort to violence in unpleasant situations.

Misbehaving, uncontrollable drunks are easy targets for perpetrators. The effects of alcohol (increased confidence and aggression) makes alcoholics drink as preparation for aggression and assault. There is the harmful use of alcohol as a way of coping or self-medicating. Crowded and poorly managed drinking venues contribute violence among drinkers. 

Anti-social personality disorder contributes to both heavy drinking and violent behavior. Alcohol is are part of ritualistic youth gang cultures and criminal activities of irresponsible, notorious fraternities during hazings. Hazardous and harmful levels of alcohol addiction are key risk factors for intimate partner violence, which can feature in relationships between young people. 

Alcoholism during pregnancy (resulting in fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol effects) is associated with behavioral and social problems, including delinquent behaviour.

In the Philippines, alcoholic drinks are widely available. But what makes drinking attractive to the young is the manner by which alcohol consumption is aggressively promoted by media. Underage drinking is dangerous, not only for the drinker but also for society, as evident by the number of alcohol-involved motor vehicle crashes, homicides, suicides, accidents, and other injuries and deaths.

People who begin drinking early are at greater risk for a variety of adverse consequences, including risky sexual activity and poor performance in school, and run the risk of developing serious alcohol addiction later in life. 

The government’s role in identifying those adolescents addicted too early, can help stop problems. Innovative, comprehensive approaches to prevention are showing success in reducing experimentation with alcoholic drinks.

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