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The Adverse Effects of Alcohol Consumption

Having a drink every now and again is social, fun and a nice way to unwind after long day at work. Just like all nice things, drinking alcohol must be done in moderation and with care.

How Does Alcohol Abuse in South Africa Affect the Healthcare System?

The sad reality is that even without the additional challenges of a pandemic, the healthcare system will continue to buckle under the weight of alcohol-related deaths and incidents in South Africa.

Cigarettes are Legal Again but They Still Have Serious Health Consequences

Cigarettes are once again legal and smokers all over the country are celebrating, despite the fact that smoking continues to cause major health issues across the globe.

Alcohol is Being Sold Again, but What Are the Effects of Alcohol on Our Society?

Before South Africans celebrate the lifting of the alcohol ban, it’s important that we take into consideration the effects alcohol abuse has on our society.

The Benefits of Mindfulness in Addiction Recovery

Practicing mindfulness every day gives us the power to intentionally improve our behaviour, make better decisions and reshape our brains in ways that give us awareness of self.

The Sudden Reinstatement of the Alcohol Ban – Lessons and Potential Consequences

On the evening of 12 July, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa shocked the nation when he announced the reinstatement of the nationwide ban on alcohol sales.

The Alcohol Ban is Over – What Can We Expect?

Knowing how to navigate your way around the sudden availability of alcohol may prove to be challenging after weeks of prohibition.

Smoking, Addiction and Mental Illness – Why You Should Stop Smoking

Although lockdown regulations have eased substantially, the sale of tobacco products is still prohibited. What does this mean for those who are addicted to cigarettes and other tobacco products in terms of mental and physical health?

The Effects of the Lockdown on AA Meetings and Addiction Recovery

One of the most crucial, ongoing aspects of recovery is attending AA meetings and NA meetings. This forms part of the very important substance abuse aftercare programs.

COVID-19 and the Effects of Alcohol on the Immune System

In light of the nationwide alcohol ban that South African president put into place at the start of the lockdown, many people have started wondering what are the effects of alcohol on the body that a total prohibition was necessary?

Although the president recently announced a potential shift into level three of lockdown in South Africa, many health experts are hoping that the sale of alcohol does not commence just yet.

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