DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – In order to provide information to the public on alcoholic beverage, Bali Gumanti Foundation, Peminum Bijak and BeerGembira in collaboration with Diageo hold a Forum Group Discussion themed consuming alcoholic beverage wisely, in Sanur on Monday.
“This is done to share the information to ensuring the right policy to overcome the danger of excessive alcoholic beverages drinking,” said Dendy Borman, Corporate Relations Director of Diageo on a press conference on Sunday.
According to Dendy, alcoholic beverage in Indonesia is a strictly regulated industry with 150 regulations in all aspects of the industry. Beyond that, people’s understanding about alcoholic beverage is still low. This is proven from the cases of poisoning even to death from drinking oplosan (bootleg liquor).
Dendy explained, alcoholic beverage actually has slight bad effects as long as it is consumed properly. It became dangerous if it is mixed with other chemical substances such as methanol.
“Cases like this actually can be overcome if handled quickly and properly. That’s why customers should be educated on the way of drinking,” he added.
According to him, currently the understanding of drinking responsibly began to increase, but the rampant cases of beverage oplosan become the most significant issue to overcome.
“We have a SMASHED program that helps 12-18 years old kids in establishing understanding and skills through difficult times. In addition, also to prevent the consumption of alcoholic beverages under age,” Dendy explained.
Furthermore, Dendy explained that this forum discusses some important issues related to the consumption of alcoholic beverages in Bali. Among them about the regulation of its distribution, the regulation of traditional liquor, economical potential, and what kind of education is suitable for the Balinese society.
Meanwhile, based on the survey of WHO in 2014, alcoholic beverages consumption in Indonesia is the lowest in Asia with 0.6 liters per capita of consumption.