SABC NEWS: Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has said if alcohol abuse continues to rise, the government could move back to re-ban sale of alcohol.
South Africans need to play their part is providing awareness, while understanding the harms of alcohol abuse and irresponsible drinking. This is the call made by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, reacting to the concern raised by health officials. They report that trauma cases have increased by over 300% since the introduction of alcohol sales in the country. Employees at government hospitals claim that the same equipment used to treat irresponsible drinking habits could then be redirected to COVID-19 patients.
Speaking to Newsbreak, Mkhize says if these shocking numbers continue to rise, the government could move back to re-ban sale of alcohol.
South Africa’s 106 days of lockdown due to the coronavirus, has placed added strain and stress on people dealing with an excessive drinker at home. This is according to worldwide non-profit organisation, “Al-Anon Family Groups”. Spokesperson Nad Govender says the organisation has been working with many “newcomers” – who have turned to the organisation for assistance in coping with a spouse, relative or friend. Govender says they have taken to hosting online meetings to ensure that they can provide the support needed.