Dancing the night away – drink or no drink in hand

2011-12-10 18:08

Three South Africans try to imagine a festive season without alcohol.

Stokvel expert and marketing practitioner Busi Skenjana recently attended an alcohol-free birthday stokvel in Tzaneen, Limpopo, where she danced the night away.

“I was amazed. We had so much fun without alcohol,” she says.

Skenjana regularly attends corporate, government and stokvel events where she “drinks in moderation and responsibly”.

“But I do like my gin and tonic,” she adds.

While the Tzaneen party turned out well without alcohol, Skenjana says an alcohol-free party can be less exciting for some.

“Churchgoers still have fun without it, so it is possible to party without getting drunk or out of control. No booze won’t kill the spirit of the party, but it can make it a bit dull,” she says.

Skenjana doesn’t believe a ban on alcohol at government year-end parties will change people’s drinking habits or consumption.

“What should actually be promoted is if you do drink, you should make sure you are transported and get home safely, in line with the ‘don’t drink and drive’ campaign,” she says.

The festive season is usually a quiet time for Skenjana and her family, and alcohol is not central to their celebrations.

“Quite honestly, just because there’s no alcohol doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself. There are a lot of other things to do besides drinking.”

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