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Sale of Alcoholic Beverges at School functions is forbidden

Monday, January 13, 2014 2:27 PM - St. George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Tuesday, January 14, 2014 – GIS: A strong reminder is being issued the general public that the sale, distribution and use of alcoholic beverages at school functions contravene the National Schools’ Policy on Drugs. The reminder comes as schools hold their annual track and field meets.

Officials of the Drug Control Secretariat wish to remind all schools and venders, that the use, sale and distribution of alcohol and alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, hemp, controlled drugs or any mood-altering substances at any school function, including athletic meetings, are in violation of the National Schools’ Policy on Drugs.

Vendors are also urged to be mindful that the sale of alcoholic drinks to minors is an offense under the Liquor Dealers’ Licenses, CAP 174, of Grenada.

The Drug Control Officials also wish to remind athletes, coaches and other persons that “the consumption of alcoholic beverages is detrimental to the health and performance of all persons, including athletes, with research showing overwhelmingly that alcohol use and athleticism do not go hand in hand”.

According to the Officials, alcohol can cause severe dehydration and staggering electrolyte imbalances. Dehydration can also lead to severe brain impairment and even death when coupled with extreme temperatures and intense practices. Athletes who are dehydrated are at greater risk for injuries including: cramps, muscle pulls, and muscle strains.

“Alcohol will also impair reaction time and mental readiness for up to several days after consumption. The delayed reaction time and reduced mental acuity is of severe consequence to the athlete” says Drug Control Officer Dave Alexander.

Mr. Alexander also pointed out that alcohol could cause nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness for a number of days after consumption.

Meanwhile, reports indicate that some students conceal alcoholic drinks in bottles which carry labels of juices and soft-drinks.

There are also some unconfirmed reports that drugs, such as marijuana, are being placed in candy-like items such as cakes. Students are urged to be vigilant on this matter, and to refrain from such practices.

 

 


 

 

 

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