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A YOUTH activist Nixon Soko has bemoaned the ever escalating number of youths abusing drugs and alcohol in the country.

Mr Soko said it was disheartening to note that a good number of youths started drinking alcohol as early as 08:00 hours.

He said youths needed to concentrate on building their future and not engage in elicit vices as Zambia risked not having productive future leaders if they continued substance abuse.

Mr Soko was speaking in an interview in Ndola at the weekend.

He added that the country had opened up a number of skills training centres a which the youths could utilise.

ubstance abuse, he noted, should be fought from all fronts because it was causing a good number of young men and women to make poor decisions.

“When someone is under the influence of alcohol or drugs their ability to make sound decisions is limited, leaving them to make poor choices,” he said.

Mr Soko advised the youths to take responsibility for their lives by changing their mind-set and focusing on business ventures that would promote their livelihoods.

He said due to the abuse of alcohol some youths had become fathers, contracted sexually transmitted diseases and joined gangs.

Mr Soko therefore called on the Church, families and other well-meaning organisations to restore morals in the youth.

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