Govt launches anti-alcohol campaign

2011-12-15 07:24

Johannesburg - The government has launched an anti-alcohol and substance abuse campaign, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said on Wednesday.

"The phenomenon of alcohol and substance abuse has dire implications to millions of South Africans as it contributes towards many ills such as crime, gangsterism, domestic violence and other forms of social problems," Dlamini said in a statement.

"Collective national action" was required to deal with the problem.

The government had developed a five-year programme of action including reviewing policies and liquor legislation.

It would educate and create awareness on substance abuse, while reviewing "institutional mechanisms" to prevent and manage alcohol and drug use in the country.

"We have to implement measures that will reduce exposure of young people and the general population to advertising that falsely portrays carefully packaged ethanol as a product that is associated with being cool and successful.

"It is possible to have fun without alcohol."

The government would have to ensure it raised the price of alcohol and limited the number of liquor outlets.

The legal drinking age would have to be raised and drunk driving more harshly dealt with.

"We must never allow alcohol and substance abuse as well as illicit drug trafficking to threaten the stability of our country."

  • Mlungisi - 2011-12-15 07:45

    well...... we no near the light in SA, they failing to control and shut down places who trade illegally, police taking bribes and benefiting illegally from these laws

      Flowingriver - 2011-12-15 08:33

      We need to develop a five year programme to redistribute wealth to the black population.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-15 08:41

      This is laughable in the light of the celebration plans for next year. Show us by example - ban alcohol from all the ANCs's parties next year!

      RA - 2011-12-15 08:55

      i agree, make alcohol illegal!!! and legalize marijuana!

      Robsschele - 2011-12-15 08:57

      Drop the price of liquor and there will be more money available for the families of alcoholics. If you want to drink 6 beers you will take the money for 6 beers no matter what it cost even if your family will have to eat lees. @Flowingriver. It's easy to get wealthy in 5 years. Work harder and drink less.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-15 09:03

      Flowingriver = TROLL!!!

      Anthony - 2011-12-15 09:15

      alcohol, drugs yes big problem but taxis are killing our people bigger problem flowingriver whats your taxi colour.

      Kala - 2011-12-15 16:48

      Most of our government are alcoholics.

      CronjeJC - 2012-05-03 07:56

      How about a five year program to curb RAPE, CHILD ABUSE, FARM MURDERS etc... This was tried in the USA in the 30's and did not work. Saudi Arabia is a dry country with no alcohol allowed in the country at all. Yet they have alcoholic rehab centres.

  • Johannes - 2011-12-15 07:46

    "It is possible to have fun without alcohol." Yes it is. It's called weed ;)

      Craig - 2011-12-15 08:43

      Behwhahahaahah Johannes you are the man ... @Flowing river have you looked at the rest of africa and seen where handouts got them?? Now stop talking smack and get back to work !

  • Julie - 2011-12-15 07:51

    Right! But if government is really serious about an anti-alcohol campaign, it should start by banning all alcohol-related advertising as they did with banning tobacco ads. Come to think of it, tobacco - although also an addictive substance which tobacco can - and often does - cause cancer-related diseases(I know what I'm talking about - I smoked for many years but lit my last one in July 2003 and have never looked back, and thank God did not get cancer as a result) has never been the cause of road deaths, broken homes, family members being assaulted by drunken spouses, etc, etc, etc, whereas those are common alcohol-related attributes... However, methinks government won't ban the advertising as they collect too much tax from alcohol sales, so we will just continue to have Vuyo and co shoved down our throats on a daily basis as they sing the praises of Hansa, Windhoek, Castle, Captain Morgan and others...

      Poloyatonki - 2011-12-15 08:42

      I know an 84 years old man who has been smoking before I was even born, why is tobbacco not killing him? And he smokes Boxer, I use to smoke and I had to stop because cigarettes are too expensive not because I was worried about my health.

      Francois - 2011-12-15 09:24

      Julie, just stop looking at the advertisements. Maybe you should pay more attention to the grammar on the boards. The Poloyatonki, you statement is devoid from any scientific proof, how much can we sposor you with so that you can chain smoke and boose so much that you remove yourself from the human gene pool in one year?

  • George - 2011-12-15 07:51

    Well on there 100 birthday bash I believe that they will only be serving tea, coffee and cake. No persons under the age of 18. Because of this there is no need to have a police presance as no alcohole will be sold or given away

      Roland - 2011-12-15 08:01

      Well said George. I think that our "ministers" should start by setting the example. No alcohol in parliament, and no alcohol at any function or luncheon that is hosted or organised by government - or am I dreaming!

      davieoosie - 2011-12-15 14:12

      No persons under 35. They don't want the ANCYL there.

  • Helmut - 2011-12-15 08:00

    Questions: How will government monitor their new campaign? Will they also reprimand all the pisscats in their own ranks? How much of the R 100 million the ANC festivities are going to cost will be spent on booze?

      Ian - 2011-12-15 08:24

      R400 million *

  • Elizma - 2011-12-15 08:08

    The issue on hand is that the goverment will not be succesfull in educating the public in laying down new legislation. The only way to educate people is through Arive Alive ads and realistic views of drinking and driving or something to encourage drinking at home. The "cool" ads of Jack Parrow and Hunters is debatable as people should decide for themselves and stop blaming there behaviour on social pressure! Make up your mind who you want to be and live accordingly. If you are hammered every weekend then that's your problem, dont make it somebodys else's! Get some culture, drink wine!

  • janjac.gilbert - 2011-12-15 08:08

    Something has to be done. Some people just do not know how to behave if they had a bit too much to drink. Unfortunately those that can tolerate alcohol better will also be affected by new laws.

  • Rot - 2011-12-15 08:09

    I would be all for this....BUT what will the Agriculture Industry of the Western Cape say about this & Tourism to that area? Wine farms is one of the biggest supplier of jobs or indirectly contributing to jobs.

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-15 08:09

    You can do anything but please leave my Savanna ads alone they are the only reason i continue to watch the SABC- didn't banning cigarette ads teach anything? it just takes away people's employment, ppl are still smoking.

  • Piet - 2011-12-15 08:11

    Get rid of the Booze at next years ANC's conference!

  • nicn44 - 2011-12-15 08:11

    those that use drugs and alcohol are too spaced out to care. Who is this campagne aimed at? the responsible or irresponsible?

  • Rot - 2011-12-15 08:11

    "why do we dink and drive?" ( you should not ), just putting down a point: where is the public transport, give us proper save public transport and we do not have to!!!!

      Fredster69 - 2011-12-15 08:21

      It is the same as saying to increase the brake power on your car because you like to speed!!! are you smoking something? If you do not have a lift home, do not drink, or drink alcohol free beer. If you cannot do that, then you have an alcohol problem

  • George - 2011-12-15 08:15

    This should be fun, wonder how true

  • Ian - 2011-12-15 08:18

    ha ha lol, yah can you imagine fat boy without his dop, we will hear that its a white plot from rubber lips

      Poloyatonki - 2011-12-15 08:25

      hahahah can you imagine a farmer without his Klipdrift, he would blame BEE.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-12-15 08:19

    About time. Alcohol is one of the biggest contributers to violence, crime, car crashes etc. Ban it for good please...thank you

      grayadams88 - 2011-12-15 09:11

      fredster69, human nature is one of the biggest contributers to violence and crime. poverty is probably the biggest cause of crime. so why not get rid of money? alcohol is not the problem. its stupid people that are the problem. how much tax would the government loose if they ban alcohol? and where do you think the government will try recoupe those funds? banning alcohol would probably caus more crime due to bootlegging. there is alot more to the problem than alcoholism.

      davieoosie - 2011-12-15 14:35

      Look what happened when alcohol was banned in the US. Ask Al Capone.

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-12-15 08:23

    "It is possible to have fun without alcohol." They must be drunk when they said this... How the hell can I have fun without booze, I already paid upfront for my booze at one of my best shebeens.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-15 09:47

      Ah the real Polypoephol is back. Did the stupid gene kick in again? You shouldn't drink and type. They should take away your keyboard lisence.

  • Ian - 2011-12-15 08:24

    I rate this is just being slightly over-ambitious. Why do you as government want to impose and create more structures when current civil structures (in place already) do not work? Get rid of corruption and fix our educational, health and legal/policing structures FIRST before adding more structures to a non-functioning environment. I don't have a problem with the IDEA of stricter rules etc, but lets fix what we have first before trying new things. Once you have a stable and firm(non-corrupt) base to work from, then anything is possible.

  • Isak - 2011-12-15 08:25

    Absolut!!! Just ask Manto

  • George - 2011-12-15 08:27

    How do you have fun without alcohole. Its not the same when you crash you car (mcbribe) its not fun when you stab anyone or steal, you just dont find it funny anymore I want my dop. signed Sipho

  • kevin.moreland2 - 2011-12-15 08:42

    legalize marijuana!!! you can make paper,oil,fuel get high!!,domestic abuse problem solved !!!!

      Humble - 2011-12-15 09:05

      All that's going to do is open up a whole other set of problems... doesn’t make much sense taking care of one problem by causing another. Trust me, i know, weed isn’t quite as innocent as it seems.

      wesley.bischoff - 2011-12-15 14:30

      Whatever @Humble... learn the facts and then comment.

  • lawson.lutchman - 2011-12-15 08:50

    The levy of a tax to fund rehabilitation is a fantastic idea, sadly more taxes in the hands of corrupt management will simply have the opposite effect.

  • errol.wagner - 2011-12-15 08:55

    "It is possible to have fun without alcohol." But our TV adverts give a lie to this. Look at the many TV adverts for alcohol aimed at young people giving the impression that it is 'cool' and 'fun' to drink alcohol. Please someone connect the dots. You can't, on the one hand, launch a campaign against alcohol then glamorize it on the other hand.

  • Humble - 2011-12-15 09:02

    Dear government, all you ever do is implement campaign after campaign but never actually put any action behind it. Money talks & BS walks & all you're doing is "walking". Stop telling the country that you're going to do something & actually DO something!

  • Traygon - 2011-12-15 09:08

    So... Does this mean there will be no alcohol at the ANC centenary party?? Just asking!?

  • khutso.b - 2011-12-15 09:23

    Most government institutions are throwing year end parties for its people where alcohol is prioritised. The ANC is willing to spend millions in celebrating its centenary and most of the money will be spend on entertainment, another term for alcohol... What a two faced government!

      wesley.bischoff - 2011-12-15 14:31

      You hit the nail on the head @khutso.b They are so hypocritical...

  • Harry Meyerowitz - 2011-12-15 10:04

    Drunk drivers vehicles should be confiscated for good, that would stop the carnage.

      Rob - 2011-12-15 15:18

      Confiscated, compressed, sold as scrap to China, and the revenue used to help fund health services

  • SNG62 - 2011-12-15 10:30

    While the sentiment is great, the govt. can't even enforce the current legislation! Get that right first, then amend the laws.

  • Heinrich - 2011-12-15 10:57

    It is my social responsibility to drink. I do not want to be accused of causing a Daddy to lose his job at the brewery so his little children go hungry. Also I do not want to deprive the fiscus of tax revenue which they need for the upliftment of our nation. So if you see me motherless in some gutter, just know that I am doing my duty as a concientious citizen.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-15 12:03

    Lets start with the government members wild over the top parties with Johnnie blue.They can implement all the laws in the world but people will drink just like they do drugs! We cannot even stop kgs of drugs leaving our airports so how on earth are you going to stop liquor.The shebeens make a killing ,cops know of them and turn a blind eye. For a little bribe you can trade well over closing time. Advertesments here or not this trade will go on!

  • Rob - 2011-12-15 13:23

    Any and all such initiatives will succeed or fail based on two pivotal issues, not mutually exclusive. 1. The will and ability to enforce an absolute and uncorruptable zero tolerance approach. 2. Leadership by example amongst senior representatives of puplic and private enterprises. On a score of 1 to 10 I rate the potential for item 1 as lower than 2 out of ten, and for item 2 next to zero. What this will do is produce revenue and more criminals

  • wesley.bischoff - 2011-12-15 14:22

    Yes, it is possible to have fun without alcohol or drugs. BUT... it is every individual's right to choose what they want to put into their body. The government has no place in making that choice for its citizens. Besides, the prohibition of drugs has, and NEVER will work. Regulation is what works. Look at Portugal. They decriminalised drug possession, and that has worked out for them. No more wasteful spending of taxpayers money to keep people in prison for having a zol of weed. Just check out the results 10 years on, from the CATO Institute:

  • wesley.bischoff - 2011-12-15 14:27

    Alcohol and nicotine are THE most toxic drugs... and they are legal... Every year, thousands of people die as a direct (overdose) or indirect (drunken drivers) result of alcohol consumption. Not a single human being has EVER died from an overdose of marijuana. It is not toxic. You would have to smoke 948kg of weed within 14 minutes for it to kill you! Not even the biggest stoner can do that. I'm not saying that all drugs are not harmful (eg. cocaine, tik...) but, it is every person's personal prerogative as to what to put into their body.

  • Piet - 2011-12-15 15:50

    Rather launch a population anti growth campaign

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