Women leaders of a community in Lae said the abuse of alcohol in the communities is common among the young people.
The women said the consumption of alcohol in the past is different from today concerning the new brands of alcohol produced, sold and distributed in the country.
According to their Yanga Community’s Law and Order Community Leader, Daisy Joe, alcohol has caused a lot of damage in the community.
Yanga is one of the six-landowner villages of Ahi Local Level Government. It is located outside of Lae.
The women leaders there say alcohol abuse is also common here, especially among young people.
A mother and local from Yanga Village, Mary Nalu said when the youth consume a lot of the new alcoholic beverages produced, they cause a lot of problems at home and in public places.
Yesterday, residents from Lae’s West Taraka Community told EM TV News that alcohol abuse is widespread. It affects a lot of families.
Isidor Pais, a resident said the abuse of alcohol has led to many problems including violence, killings and destruction of properties.
Lae Metropolitan Commander, Chief Superintendent Chris Kunyanban said due to the increased complaints of alcohol related offenses, bail fees have also increased.
Whilst West Taraka Community called for a joint awareness on alcohol abuse, Yanga Community is calling for a ban on the newly introduced alcohol being produced in Lae.