Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Alcohol Abuse Costs South Africa Dearly


Sobriety week announced last week, almost passed unnoticed but at least there was a media release issued by the office of the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry that alcohol abuse could cost South Africa`s economy as much as R9billion a year which amounted to one percent of the country`s gross domestic product (GDP).

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the annual liquor consumption by South Africans amounts to 7.81 litres of pure alcohol per person. This is a scary statistic if account of the fact is taken that a significant percentage of the South African population is below 15 years of age.

The sobriety campaign calls on all South Africans to ensure fellow citizens are protected from irresponsible consumption and trading in alcohol.

Pieter Rautenbach

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