Members of the public in Lae say authorities and companies responsible for the brewing and selling of alcohol should work together in addressing alcohol abuse.
They said the consumption of alcohol in public places is causing fear in the public.
According to Lae Metsup, Chief Superintendent Chris Kunyanban, over 1,700 cases related to alcohol was reported last year using the police toll free number.
In West Taraka, alcohol abuse is common. It’s like every other suburb in Lae City.
Isidor Pais, a resident says the widespread abuse of alcohol has become unbearable for many in the community.
Before 1975, alcohol consumption was a restricted activity. The level of abuse has steadily risen among the youth.
And the police are also having a hard time containing the problem.
Lae Metropolitan Commander, Chief Superintendent Chris Kunyanban, says last year, police received over 1700 reports of alcohol related complaints. People reported the complaints using the police toll free number.
Enforcing alcohol controls has been difficult in communities. With little awareness and limited manpower, police have to rely on the community to assist in their policing.