Alcohol harms reduction


Public appeal to Government: Urgent measures to curb the abuse of alcohol linked to gender-based violence

View an update at the bottom of the page. The Covid-19 epidemic has shone a light again on the value of each human life, and the message from our leaders is that lives must be saved through urgent and radical action. In his speech to the nation on Wednesday 17 June 2020, President Ramaphosa stated […]

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Posted on 24 Jun 2020

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Five urgent and effective measures to curb the abuse of alcohol

In his speech to the nation on Wednesday 17 June 2020, President Ramaphosa stated that, “we will also need to look at further, more drastic measures to curb the abuse of alcohol”.  We now call on the government to draw on the best international evidence, follow the advice of the World Health Organisation and implement […]

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Posted on 19 Jun 2020

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Mythbusting the alcohol ‘mythbuster’

Last Friday, the Business Report (BR) gave space to the South African Breweries (SAB) to stake its claims regarding the banning of alcohol during lockdown (5 myths about the alcohol ban in South Africa, 24 May).  That is BR’s prerogative and SAB’s right.  The language was however remarkably intemperate for an opinion piece (five times […]

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Posted on 28 May 2020

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Time to consider the introduction of a minimum unit price on alcohol

In May 2018 Scotland introduced a minimum unit price of 50 pence per unit (8 grams) of alcohol, with the aim of reducing abusive drinking.[1] Research had shown that a large proportion of very cheap alcohol consumed in Scotland took the form of heavy-drinking, resulting in drunkenness and other socially unacceptable behaviour.[2] South Africa’s situation […]

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Posted on 12 Aug 2019

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Time to revisit alcohol taxation in South Africa

It’s no cause for pride that South Africa nearly tops the charts as a nation of drinkers. This ranking is according to the 2018 Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health published by the World Health Organization (WHO).[1] While only a third (31%) of adults report consuming alcohol in the past year, those who do […]

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Posted on 5 Mar 2019

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