The Non Governmental Organizations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has attributed the rise in the number of women indulging in alcohol abuse to the high levels of poverty in the country.
According to data compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO), no nation has harder-drinking women than Zambia, where 41 percent binge drink at least once a week.
NGOCC Board Chairperson, Beatrice Grillo, has told QFM News in an interview that most women are frustrated because things are becoming tougher for them thereby resorting to drinking beer carelessly.
Ms Grillo says it is for this reason that women should be empowered economically so that they desist from such unwarranted vices.
She has since challenged women across the country to look for other ventures that will help them to be stable in life and avoid consumption of alcohol.
And Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) Board Chairperson, Beauty Katebe, says there is need to ensure that bars located in residential areas are closed as this has contributed to alcohol abuse.
Ms Katebe has told QFM News in a separate interview that most women resort to drinking beers because they have nothing to do, adding that if they are empowered, they can not involve themselves in such vices.