Yale GHLI: Treating Alcohol as an NCD

Alcohol is the most widely used, accessible drug in Trinidad and Tobago. It is a risk factor for many non-communicable diseases (NCDs), but is also associated with a myriad of other health and social problems, including the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, violence, accidents, injuries and road fatalities. A group from T&T, comprised of five country participants from the Ministry of Health and the University of the West Indies, recently convened at Yale for the GHLI Forum for Change to discuss the issue of alcohol use and abuse. While we had planned to discuss the relationship between alcohol and NCDs, the team agreed that the damaging impact of alcohol consumption superseded exclusive focus on NCDs and that a more comprehensive strategy was necessary to tackle this problem.