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The Overlooked Obstacles for Achieving Millenium Development Goals

- At least five of the Millennium Development Goals are clearly affected by alcohol harm. The success of achieving them also depends on how alcohol’s role is addressed,” says Pubudu Sumanasekara in IOGT International on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

In an article on the web site of IOGT International Mr. Sumanasekara describes alcohol use as one of the overlooked obstacles for achieving the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). Sumanasekara is the Executive Director of the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His article was published on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

- Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty is possible only if alcohol issue is addressed as part of a comprehensive approach to eradicating poverty. Alcohol has diverse negative influences on people’s economic status while economic status in turn affects alcohol use in many ways. Alcohol can push people into poverty and lock them, their families and entire communities there over generations, says the Board Member of IOGT.


Read the full text of the article here.