Interest groups propose 5 urgent measures to curb alcohol abuse in SA
Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated in his speech that more needs to be done to combat alcohol abuse.
The DG Murray Trust, along with members of the Board of the Western Cape Liquor Authority, the SA Medical Research Council and the UCT School of Public Health have proposed more drastic measures to curb the abuse of alcohol.
They believe that the South African government needs to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation and implement measures proven to be effective in other countries.
These measures are to:
1. Ban advertising of alcohol (except on the site of sale, where it should not be visible to those under 18 years).
2. Increase the price of alcohol, both through excise taxes and by introducing a minimum price per unit of pure alcohol in liquor products.
3. Reduce the legal limit for drinking and driving to a blood alcohol content of 0.02% or below.
4. Reduce the availability of alcohol, especially in residential areas (by limiting the density of liquor outlets, shorter trading hours, and ending the sale of alcohol in larger containers like 1 litre bottles of beer).
5. Intensify the availability of counselling and medically assisted treatment for persons struggling with dependence.
Dr Laurine Platzky, member of the Board of the Western Cape Liquor Authority, says limiting access to alcohol will help reduce alcohol-related harms in the country.
It's all about the aspirational adverts that the industry put out. They target particularly young people, and now more recently, young women.Dr Laurine Platzky, member of the Board of the Western Cape Liquor Authority
The problem that one has to overcome is the 2-for-the-price-of-1 specials and 'Girls Night' - these sorts of things were young people are targeted in the binge drinking space.Dr Laurine Platzky, member of the Board of the Western Cape Liquor Authority
Access is certainly the World Health Organisation's biggest single buy for success in limiting the sale of alcohol.Dr Laurine Platzky, member of the Board of the Western Cape Liquor Authority
We are talking about limiting access to alcohol - not prohibiting.Dr Laurine Platzky, member of the Board of the Western Cape Liquor Authority
Listen to the discussion on Afternoon Drive with John Maytham:
South Africa's leading digital law expert Emma Sadleir warns that there can be legal ramifications for making criminal accusations on social media.Read More
Relationship expert Paula Quinsee says do seek help but don't make rash decisions during these abnormally stressful times.Read More
John's three book picks for the week.Read More
An economist expects China growth at 9.5%, US money-printing, rising metal prices and trade- and current-account surpluses in SA.Read More
Bruce Whitfield asks personal finance advisor Warren Ingram to explain in detail the new laws affecting provident funds.Read More
A new scam is surfacing on Facebook and WhatsApp groups. The masterminds are even using the FSP number of a legitimate company.Read More
Non-alcoholic drinks can be seen on shelves just about everywhere. Bruce Whitfield interviews Mindful Drinking SA's Sean O'Connor.Read More
You can buy R1 (or even one cent) worth of shares. "The key to getting started is to get started," says Charles Savage.Read More
CEO of SA Tourism Sisa Ntshona explains how the technology works.Read More
Journalist and ex-prisoner Raphael Rowe spent a week behind bars at the Brandvlei Prison for the new season of the docu-series, Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons.Read More
DJ Fresh and DJ Euphonik have been pulled off air on music station 947 after reaching an agreement with management at Primedia Broadcasting.Read More
With the reopening of schools postponed to 15 February 2021, teachers union Naptosa doesn't see the need for SMTs to come back so soon.Read More
John Maytham vents about temporarily disabled people having to stand in long queues and getting water cannons fired at them.Read More
Journalist Saawmiet Moos in Belville describes people queuing for Sassa social grants sprayed with police water cannons.Read More
Energy analyst Ted Blom says Eskom doesn't report the additional shedding of VLS clients totaling an over 4000-megawatt shortfall.Read More
W Cape Home Affairs' Sam Plaatjies says no, but the department has the discretion to renew passports on a case-by-case basis.Read More
Dr. Emmanuel Taban, a pulmonologist at Mediclinic Midstream, has become well-known for his novel methods in the treatment of Covid-19 patients.Read More
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has confirmed that schools will reopen in mid-February and not on 27 January as initially planned.Read More
The CEO of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) says the agency can't extend the validity of temporary disability grants that have lapsed any further.Read More