South Africans drink, get behind the wheel and cause thousands of road deaths per year, the BBC recently highlighted. In fact, the country’s people drink on average the most of 53 African countries, data from the World Health Organisation shows.
Warning against the dangers of substance abuse, the South African presidency claimed that up to a third of the country’s people could be at risk of having an alcohol problem. Does that square with the data?
A Time.com article recently claimed that “Africa has a drinking problem”. Do Africans drink too much? Data shows that the drinking habits of Africa’s 55 countries are extremely varied. And the majority of Africans don’t drink at all.
Gauteng is proposing a ban on Sunday alcohol sales to reduce the harm done by alcohol abuse. A major study backs the government claim that this would work, but only if action is taken to crack down on illegal sales.
While evidence that women drink too much while pregnant is widespread, no research backs Sky News’ claim that South African mothers drink heavily deliberately to damage their unborn babies and claim disability benefits.