International Alcohol Art Competition Launched

Liquor under the microscope- face book photoAntigua St. John’s - The Substance Abuse Prevention Division is encouraging students in Antigua & Barbuda to participate in the recently launched International Alcohol Art Competition.

Substance Abuse Prevention Officer Norma Jeffrey–Dorset said that the details, which were received from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), revealed that the competition was launched by Australian students to “enable other students to express their feelings about the dark side of alcohol.”

Although there will be a monetary prize for the Australian winner, an International Award Certificate will be presented in each category for overseas entries.

The entry can be in the form of a song, a tribute, a play, a painting, a photo, a rap, a joke, a video, a story, a poem or an event, but must be so creative that it can be used on the social networks.

Further competition details can be accessed on face book and each entry should be uploaded on the competition’s Facebook page before 9 am on September 8, 2012.

Jeffrey-Dorset sees this competition as an opportunity for young people to begin to take a serious look at the ways alcohol affects not only them as individuals, but their peers and communities, and to find ways of addressing these problems.

She said that despite there not being a monetary award, she’s encouraging the nation’s young people to participate as this type of international exposure will only benefit them in the future.

The Ministry of Health, Social Transformation, Consumer Affairs and Local Government recently wrapped up a series of sensitisation programmes to mark the observance of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2012.

In a joint message to mark the occasion, Minister Willmoth Daniel, and Parliamentary Secretary, Senator Malaka Parker, warned of the dangers of substance abuse, to include alcohol abuse, and encouraged everyone to unite on the issues impacting the youth.

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