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Alcohol-free night club opens

By M.ZOLJARGAL

The first ever alcohol-free night club, “Zaluus-21” (Youth-21) has recently opened and is encouraging young people to spend their free time and have fun without using alcoholic beverages.

The club is located in the Third Micro-District and was established by the Healthy and Active Life Club with the support of the “New Government for Changes” and financing from the Health Support Fund.

Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag attended the opening ceremony and noted, “This night club will call for young people to have fun, make new friends, socialize, and dance without the influence of alcoholic beverages.”

Alcohol-free night clubs have started operations in ten provinces and organizers report that young people will soon be able to practice healthy lifestyles.

According to a study, 40 percent of the Mongolian population above the age of 18 are considered alcohol addicts, specifically, 22 percent are men and 18 percent are women.

In developed countries, when alcohol addiction reaches over six percent, it is considered a threat to national security. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that an extinction becomes a very real threat to nations where the consumption of alcoholic beverages reach eight liters per capita. Mongolia’s consumption of alcoholic beverages per capita is almost 50 liters.

The WHO advised Mongolia to limit the availability of alcohol to reduce consumption.

Countries around the world enforce various policies on alcohol control. Scandinavian countries sell alcoholic beverages only in state-owned shops, while European countries do not sell alcoholic beverages with higher than 3.5 percent alcohol in regular grocery shops. But there is no alcohol control policy in Mongolia, and a there are shops that sell alcoholic beverages for every 300 to 500 residents in Ulaanbaatar, where more than half of the total population lives.

The availability of a wide range of alcoholic beverages has given rise to many social issues among young people. A report conducted in 2009 among teenagers showed that 70 percent of children between the ages of 14 and 16 have used alcoholic beverages more than once, which is a clear sign of the severity of the issue.

Alcohol control will benefit both society and the economy in many ways. For instance, studies show that an alcoholic addict spends around 20 to 100 million MNT for alcoholic beverages in his or her lifetime.

The government has been taking robust actions to tackle alcohol-derived depression and attitudes, and it has recently reported positive results.

 

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