The President of the Jaffna Chamber of Commerce R Jeyasegaran on Friday June 12 said that alcohol consumption was rapidly increasing after the end of the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).The Jaffna Peninsula has seen a five-fold increase in the consumption of alcoholic beverages in 2013 he said.
According to the department, beer consumption increased to over 4 million litres from the initial consumption levels of 762,610 litres in 2009.
Jeyagaseran told Ceylon Today the introduction of alcohol and drugs in the North-East was a systematic attempt to damage the social structure of the youth in Jaffna.
The president of the Jaffna Chamber of Commerce, added that liquor stores had been illegally set up near temples, schools and important institutions.
He added that in Jaffna June most of the winners of business excellence certificates and awards at an award ceremony hosted for businessmen who brought in sound turnover in tax, were liquor shop owners.