The regulation of the availability, price and marketing of alcohol can create environments that shape social norms. Reduced drinking by individuals can result in less harm to the self and others. 60% of citizens in Southern Africa do not drink alcohol. Promoting these policy changes as advocated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) is fundamental towards shifting the ‘binge drinking’ culture amongst drinkers, reduce the cost of alcohol-attributable harm to society and protecting the well-being of all citizens in Southern Africa.
SAAPA argues for the advancement of public health based on current and emerging evidence. Lessons from other countries should inform the efforts of governments in Southern Africa, individually and collectively. This knowledge should be used to strengthen policies and regulations that acknowledge cross border production, distribution, marketing and trade of alcohol in the pursuance of better health for all citizens.
South Africans are currently being infected by the COVID-19 virus at a rate alarmingly higher than during the first wave, with many of those affected requiring hospitalisation.
The concept of a memory quilt is to put a human face to the statistics of children, women and men who have died due to alcohol related reasons.
Covid19 ushered in a new phase of lobbying for evidence-based alcohol policies in the Southern African region.
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