Health brings back the #nosiguisase programme this year and invites local councils to participate

Jun 27, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

Today marks the International Day for Combating Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking
After two years of the pandemic, the Balearic Islands Addictions Plan (PADIB), of the Directorate-General for Public Health and Participation, is once again launching the #nosiguisase campaign to prevent alcohol consumption at popular festivals in the Balearic Islands by means of awareness-raising messages aimed at all those who will be participating and enjoying them. It also invites local councils to join in.

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Coinciding with the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, PADIB highlights the recovery of this initiative, aimed at people over 18, to raise awareness among adults about the importance of acting in a preventive way, since they are a role models for younger people.

The campaign is aimed at the island’s town councils, which can ask to join the programme and request the installation of an awareness-raising table during popular festivals. At these tables, in addition to providing information and graphic material, several professionals will carry out various activities, including the performance of a breathalyser test and advice on how to reduce risks.

The initiative can be followed on Instagram (information and itineraries) and information and graphic material about the campaign can also be found on the PADIB website

These are some of the messages that the #nosiguisase campaign is using this year:

  • Before going out, think about the night ahead of you and how you want it to end.
  • Organise your way back. If you drink alcohol, don’t drive; find an alternative.
  • Have a good dinner before you go out.
  • Avoid alcohol if you take medication, are pregnant or have an illness.
  • Remember: no alcohol may be sold or given to anyone under 18.
  • If you don’t want alcohol, don’t drink.
  • If you do drink alcohol, drink slowly and alternate with soft drinks or water.
  • Bottled drinks are of lower quality and can be more harmful.
  • Mixing alcohol with other drugs multiplies the risks.
  • If someone is not feeling well, do not leave them alone. Call 112.
  • If they say no, don’t insist.
  • Alcohol generates disinhibition and increases the likelihood of conflicts.
  • If you make out, take precautions. Use condoms,
  • Take care of the space or the village that welcomes you; don’t make it dirty and respect the rest of its inhabitants.

In addition to the #nosiguisase campaign, the Regional Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs, through the Platform for Quality Leisure in the Balearic Islands, has launched a community action to protect minors in terms of alcohol consumption at popular festivals. It consists of implementing a Festivals Management Model that has been jointly developed by the members of the platform (municipalities, community agents, industry, etc.) with specific actions to be carried out before, during and after the popular festivals. The municipalities of Palma, Calvià and Ibiza have already worked on the Sant Joan festival, and the aim is for other municipalities to implement it as well.

On the International Day for the Fight against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking, the PADIB also recalls that alcohol, tobacco and cannabis are the three substances with the highest prevalence of consumption in the archipelago.

Thus, according to the results for the Balearic Islands of the household survey (EDADES 2019/20) funded by the Government Delegation of the National Plan on Drugs and which collects information from people between 15 and 64 years of age on the islands, alcohol, tobacco and cannabis are the three substances with the highest prevalence of use. According to the survey, 78.6% have drunk alcohol in the last year, 46.8% have used tobacco and 20.5% cannabis. As for the use of hypnosedatives with or without prescription, the prevalence was 12.7%.

By sex, in general, men consumed more than women, except in the case of hypnosedatives and opioid analgesics.

In the specific case of alcohol, 65.4% have used alcohol in the last month and 9.5% use it daily. Among those who have consumed in the last 30 days, the majority say that the reason for this is because it livens up the parties. As for binge drinking, 18.5% of those who have consumed alcohol in the last 30 days do so.