A collaborative initiative between eight Southern African countries, the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance, SAAPA, is a network which aims to address the challenge of harmonising and accelerating alcohol policy development in the region.

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The aims of SAAPA are to:

  • Share knowledge and experiences of alcohol policy development
  • Share research and strategy on alcohol policy development
  • Respond to local challenges with lobbying for appropriate policy interventions
  • Identify common policies that can be lobbied for in all countries in the region
  • Lobby as a regional block at global level
Mar 03, 2015

The hidden harm: Alcohols impact on children and families

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CARE), have released a study examining the impact of alcohol and prevalence of heavy drinking on families and children. One of the key finding was over 1million Australian children are negatively affected by those drinking around them. This article was written for and published by BBC News

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New alcohol rules will reduce deaths and injuries
Feb 21, 2015

New alcohol rules will reduce deaths and injuries

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) welcomes the new national alcohol norms and standards released by the Minster of Trade and Industry.

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New alcohol rules bring social cheer
Feb 18, 2015

New alcohol rules bring social cheer

The newly gazetted National Liquor Norms and Standards will promote safer social spaces for alcohol consumption and reduce alcohol-related violence, says the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication.

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Sustainability in Drinks - Sports Sponsorship in the Spotlight
Feb 03, 2015

Sustainability in Drinks - Sports Sponsorship in the Spotlight

Sponsorship of sporting events by alcohol companies is once again under intense scrutiny, across a number of countries, and pressure on policymakers to regulate against it is increasing. Ben Cooper delves deeper. (This article was written by Ben Cooper for and published on www.just-drinks.com)

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Alcohol abuse costs SA’s taxpayers R300bn or more a year
Feb 02, 2015

Alcohol abuse costs SA’s taxpayers R300bn or more a year

South Africans have a huge drinking problem. We are the biggest boozers in Africa... (This article was written by Zinhle Maphumulo for and published by City Press - 1 February 2015)

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Jan 28, 2015

Bingeing's bad hangover

Binge drinking can start harming your immune system within hours, according to new research. (This article was written by Tanya Farber for and published by The Times - 23 January 2015)

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Alcohol policy will impact HIV/AIDS epidemic
Jan 15, 2015

Alcohol policy will impact HIV/AIDS epidemic

Alcohol plays a role in numerous stages of HIV disease from disease acquisition to health seeking behaviours to ART adherence to disease outcomes. Alcohol policy can impact on the HIV epidemic, said Dr. Neo K. Morojele at NGO forum in Botswana. Morejele was speaking at the annual SAAPA Forum held in Gaborone, Botswana in December. (This article was written by Dag Endal for FORUT and published in www.add-resources.org)

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New national policy alliance launched
Dec 17, 2014

New national policy alliance launched

At a function in downtown Gaborone, Botswana a new policy alliance and an NGO manual on alcohol advertising was launched in the presence of the Ministry of Health. (This article was written by Dag Endal for FORUT and published on www.add-resources.org)

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Alcohol advocacy manual launched
Dec 17, 2014

Alcohol advocacy manual launched

A manual for alcohol advocacy was launched by the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance at their annual forum in Botswana recently. The manual is aimed at activists who work to towards the banning of alcohol advertising and restriction of alcohol marketing.

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Tipple sales need more policing says alcohol advocacy group
Dec 15, 2014

Tipple sales need more policing says alcohol advocacy group

As the festive season approaches, some South Africans are likely to be spending year-end bonuses on booze in what the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dubbed one of Africa’s hardest-drinking nations.

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