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Women advised against excessive alcohol, drug intake

By
Gifty Amofa, GNA

Kumasi, July 24, GNA –
Dr Bettina Ama Buohene Andah, a medical doctor has counseled women to desist
from excessive alcohol and addictive drugs intake due to the potential dangers
they posed to their general health and well-being.

She said the growing
trend of young and adult women, taking to binge alcohol and drug use, including
bleaching creams, either for the ecstasy of it or to stimulate the appetite for
comfort eating, to beat off stress, was alarming and needed to stop if women desired
to live long.

Dr. Andah, also the
first ever female personal physician of the ex- president Agyekum Kuffour
during his political administration, gave the advice during this year’s Woman
to Woman (W2W) ‘Abrabopa’ regional forum, held at the Grace Baptist Church,
Amakom in Kumasi, at the Week-end.

The programme, an
offshoot of the popular TV3 talk show, hosted by Akosua Ago Aboagye, working
with the Peace FM, is held once annually in four regions of the country.

It brings on a common
platform the country’s women of substance with diverse backgrounds, to enable
them share their experiences in all spheres of life, all to aid women
empowerment. 

Dr Adah, who was
speaking on this year’s theme “Women wellness and overcoming stress as a
woman”, expressed disquiet that the habit, which used to be common only in men,
was now gaining roots in their female counterparts and should not be encouraged
in the least bit.

The habit, she said,
while making young ladies fall easy prey to unsafe, unplanned, predatory sex
and accompanying fatal diseases, also exposed adult women to diseases like
cancers, heart problems, diabetes, alcohol induced hepatitis and liver
inflammation.

Other risks are;
Cirrhosis of the liver, induced brain damage and in case of pregnant women,
foetal alcohol syndrome. 

She advised women to
seek help from God and professional advice from medical officers when they fell
either sick or were stressed out, rather than resorting to hard drugs, which
does not actually offer any permanent solutions to the problem on hand.

Madam Elizabeth
Agyemang, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister called on women to work hard, be
determined and above all, trust God for every impossibility.

GNA

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