Fighting alcohol abuse

By Drum Digital
21 August 2015

Will raising the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 curb the crisis of underage drinking in South Africa? DRUM investigates

The pain of not knowing what to do about his 16-year-old son being drunk more often than he is sober is etched on his face.

An emotional Sydney Malebane* says he began to notice his son behaving strangely in December last year.

Sydney is one of many parents whose children have a drinking problem. He hopes the government will do more than raise the drinking age to help tackle this issue.

In a bid to address the serious problem, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is reviewing the National Liquor Policy with the aim of changing the Liquor Act.

One of the proposals is to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21 years.

Read more in the August 27 issue of DRUM

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