‘Raising legal drinking age will not solve SA’s liquor abuse problem’

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies yesterday detailed the National Liquor Amendment Bill.

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CAPE TOWN - The SA Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) says government's proposal to increase the legal age to drink alcohol will do little to solve the country's liquor abuse problem.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies yesterday detailed the National Liquor Amendment Bill, which is open for public comment.

Among the proposals is to raise the legal alcohol consumption age from 18 to 21 and to downscale alcohol advertising.

The SAAPA's Maurice Smithers says, "We must have a better enforcement by both the liquor authority as well as the police. But, we also need other measures such as advertising. It's very difficult to stop kids drinking at an earlier age, but one has to ask the question 'why are kids tempted to start drinking?'"

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