In August 2022, DGMT’s Alcohol Harms Reduction (AHR) team held a workshop to create momentum around the Liquor Amendment Bill and study its potential impact. The workshop aimed to build collective knowledge and deepen the understanding of the regulatory changes proposed by the Bill. The workshop focused on the key objectives of the 2016 Draft Bill:
- imposing stringent restrictions on advertising;
- placing of outlets at least 500m away from schools, places of worship and residential areas; placing liability on retailers and manufacturers for harms related to the contravention of regulations; and
- increasing the legal drinking age from 18 to 21.
AHR recently released a report on this workshop and its findings. The workshop revealed that research from Genesis Analytics suggests an almost R2 billion savings in health related expenditure with minimal broader economic impact on GDP & job creation if the Liquor Bill is implemented.