Moonshine main cause of Ill Health

By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 1 2021
News Moonshine main cause of Ill Health

By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake 

The reason why Sri Lanka is performing poorly in many global health indexes is due to the increase in the consumption of moonshine, SJB MP Gayantha Karunatileka said in Parliament yesterday (30). Participating in the Committee Stage Debate on the Expenditure Head of the Health Ministry, Karunatileka pointed out that consumption of moonshine has increased by 300 per cent in Sri Lanka recently. “According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), total alcohol consumption in Sri Lanka has increased by 95 per cent.

 This is alarming because alcohol consumption in other countries in the World has only increased by 55 per cent. We should immediately look into this,” Karunatileka noted. As a result of moonshine, people become victims of many diseases. Also, the State loses tax income owing to moonshine. The National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) was established in 2006 to regulate this and prepare a national policy. But it is sad that such thing has not happened so far. NATA has failed to even conduct a national level census so far, he stressed.

By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 1 2021

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