Dorsami Naidu, Nadi
The ban on kava, in one form or another in the UK, smacks of double standards. I do not consume this brown label of the South Pacific, except on ceremonial occasions, but I am totally against the ban placed against it by the UK authorities.
Kava in reasonable quantities is a great relaxant just like a few glasses of beer, wine or spirits. But consumed in uncontrolled quantities, they harm the health of the user as well as their immediate family.
In the case of spirits, wine and beer, greater harm occurs to society in economic and human terms through medical conditions like diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, heart disease, violence and vehicle accidents.
One thing that can be said for kava is that it does not make the user violent, but quite the opposite. Even Australia and New Zealand placed restrictions on the importation of kava into their countries. It appears to be a case of who has more economic clout.
The so called third world countries like those in the South Pacific including Fiji are treated with disdain. These developed countries dump their wellpackaged and presented items including plonk wine, spirits beer, tobacco, sugary fizzy drinks and junk food into our backyard, but when our people who have migrated there import the things like kava, they are told no there are limitations. One wonders at these double standards.