Dr Mark Sonderup, Vice-Chairman of the South African Medical Association, speaks to us about the untold consequences of alcohol abuse on communities and the healthcare system. Watch.

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Dry quiet season for some in Cape Town

2015-01-25 14:35

Cape Town had a quieter festive season due to the confiscation of almost 12 000 bottles of alcohol during its crackdown on violations of its alcohol laws, says a councillor.

UK ready for ban on below-cost alcohol sales

2014-02-04 19:45

Retailers in England and Wales will be banned from selling alcohol at below-cost prices from April under proposals published by the government.

Booze ad ban: SA will lose out on R5.7bn

2013-09-16 23:33

A proposed ban on alcohol advertising will result in a loss of R4.3bn for sports development and cost the broadcast media R1.4bn, says an industry body.

Bill banning alcohol ads to cabinet

2013-08-23 22:54

A committee says a draft bill banning alcohol advertising will be submitted to cabinet soon after input from various sectors.

Distell taps into China's cognac market

2012-09-03 13:35

SA liquor company Distell has acquired a 60% share in fast-growing liquor distribution company CJ Wines & Spirits‚ expanding its presence in the East.

Liquor groups to benefit from African market

2012-05-09 15:45

Producers of alcoholic beverages stand to benefit from the growing market in Africa as more people move out of poverty, says Moody's Investors Service.

Alcohol ad ban will cost jobs - study

2011-07-05 12:13

A preliminary study says banning alcohol advertisements will result in a loss of revenue and jobs but would have negligible results in curbing alcohol abuse.

Extra tax on alcohol 'inevitable'

2011-02-16 06:58

An additional 5% or 10% levy on alcohol is unavoidable and may be included in this year’s budget, experts say.

Drinks industry fails to warn

2010-02-15 19:05

Only 15% of alcohol labels clearly spell out the health dangers of excessive drinking, says the British government.


W Cape taverners pledge to sell responsibly

2015-02-07 07:00

About 200 licensed tavern owners from the Western Cape have signed a pledge to abide by a code drafted by the Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use.

A burst of sales for bubbly producers

2015-01-02 12:00

Italy's bubbly producers ended the year on a sparkling note as a record number of people opted for prosecco to toast the New Year.

Booze ads ban bill gains steam

2013-09-20 19:17

A draft bill banning alcohol advertising has been approved by Cabinet, says Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Booze ad ban will hurt, warns Sacci

2013-08-26 18:35

Restricting marketing on liquor will not only harm the industry, but will also have a ripple effect on the economy, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry says.


2012-12-14 11:07

Jarred Myers explains how drinking can drive African economies.

SABMiller opens $100m brewery in Nigeria

2012-08-30 12:12

Brewing giant SABMiller is to open a new brewery in Nigeria - its first "greenfield" brewery facility to be built in the country.

No outright ban on alcohol ads - report

2011-08-31 07:03

A government task team investigating restrictions on alcohol advertising probably won't recommend an outright ban, according to a media report.

Cigarette tax soars, luxury cars hit

2011-02-23 15:02

Smokers, drinkers and those who drive luxury cars have been targeted in this year's budget.

War brews over alcohol in shops

2010-07-27 10:13

The Western Cape government is threatening to remove some liquor from food retailers' shelves.

The fragrance of champagne

2009-09-29 09:02

A team of researchers in Europe have found that Champagne's bursting bubbles not only tickle the nose, they also create a mist that wafts the aroma to the drinker.

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