The regulation of the availability, price and marketing of alcohol can create environments that shape social norms. Reduced drinking by individuals can result in less harm to the self and others. 60% of citizens in Southern Africa do not drink alcohol. Promoting these policy changes as advocated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) is fundamental towards shifting the ‘binge drinking’ culture amongst drinkers, reduce the cost of alcohol-attributable harm to society and protecting the well-being of all citizens in Southern Africa.
SAAPA argues for the advancement of public health based on current and emerging evidence. Lessons from other countries should inform the efforts of governments in Southern Africa, individually and collectively. This knowledge should be used to strengthen policies and regulations that acknowledge cross border production, distribution, marketing and trade of alcohol in the pursuance of better health for all citizens.
We call on the Minister of Trade Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel, to not allow the sale of beers on our food shop shelves.
We call on you to join us in urging the government to scrap the sections in the BELA Bill which will allow liquor on school premises and at school events.
This ‘convenient’ offer is driven by the company’s need to drive customers to their petrol stations and make more profit.
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