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There is an undeniable link between alcohol and violence. The pervasiveness of gender-based violence, femicide, child abuse and violent crimes has pointed back to the consumption of alcohol for many years.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The South African government has placed a nationwide ban on the sale of alcohol during the lockdown period, but how does this affect those with alcohol addiction during lockdown?
According to the World Health Organisation, South Africa has the fifth highest rate of alcohol consumption in the world.
Addiction and isolation are very closely related. Sometimes feelings of isolation can cause a person to turn to substance abuse, while long-term substance abuse and addiction can further exacerbate isolation.
This can easily lead a person feeling completely detached from the people around them, overall society and even themselves.
There are no real identifiable causes of addiction, but there are many factors that we are exposed to on a daily basis which may contribute towards the development of an addiction.
Whether internal or external, every person has a set of concerns that they find themselves head to head with on a daily basis.
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