South Africa’s Booze Ban Forces Introspection

Part of South Africa’s pandemic strategy: banning booze.  
 
The logic was that sober South Africans would be less likely to violently oppose lockdown measures.
 
With some of the world’s finest wineries and a booming alcohol industry, the ban wasn’t popular. But alcohol-related emergencies plummeted, allowing for more focus on COVID-19.
 
Big questions also emerged about the country’s relationship with alcohol.
 
"It sort of removed the band-aid, and it showed the wound for what it is… we are now in a state of acknowledging that this is a problem," says Muzzammil Ismail of the Cape Town health department.
 
NPR Goats and Soda

Comments +

0 comments

Post a Comment

Restricted HTML

  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Back to top