Why the legal drinking age in South Africa could soon be raised to 21
At this point, our thoughts are with all South Africans between the ages of 18, 19 or 20: there is great pressure to the bill amending the liquor law – tabled about four years ago – to be accelerated by Parliament in the coming months. Unfortunately for the country’s youngest adults, the legal drinking age is now in the crosshairs.
Could the legal drinking age increase in South Africa?
The DA-backed bill proposes a series of interventions to help curb Mzansi’s problematic relationship with alcohol. It contains guidelines on restricting alcohol advertising and threatens to crack down on irresponsible liquor licensees who break the law. However, there is one policy change that stands out above the rest.
According to the bill, this bill “would prohibit the supply of alcohol to anyone under the age of 21″. Article 10 of the main law stipulates that the advertising and marketing of alcoholic products to any person under the age of 21 will also be prohibited and that “ minors ” will only be allowed to consume alcohol. in moderate quantities, in the presence of an adult.
Legal drinking age in South Africa
But, given that this bill has been inactive for four years, why is there renewed confidence that it will soon pass?
- Fikile Mbalula is already considering changing alcohol laws – by lowering the drink-driving limit.
- Alliance for Alcohol Policy in Southern Africa (SAAPA) publicly said this week that the law should be ‘speeded up’.
- With the support of the DA, it is likely that the bill will pass easily once submitted to Parliament. The party is pushing for the revival of the bill.
- The sale of alcohol invariably results in higher trauma cases in our hospitals. If a second wave of coronavirus hits South Africa – and a total alcohol ban proves unachievable – raising the legal drinking age could reduce demand in hospitals.
How alcohol sales could be limited in South Africa
A change in the legal drinking age would lead to an increase in the age limit from 18 years old. But talking about restrictions on alcohol sales is nothing new during the lockdown …
Already South Africans can only buy alcohol four days a week – and some places have quantitative limits on what each individual can buy. The SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has called for more stringent policies, and it seems increasingly likely that changes are indeed underway.
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