Increasing minimum drinking age to curb alcohol abuse?

Minister Rob Davies believes that hiking the legal drinking age will slash alcohol-linked mortality rates.

Nearly 100 000 liters of confiscated alcohol and close to 800 000 counterfeit DVDs and CDs have been destroyed by police in the east rand this morning. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says a number of measures must be considered to deal with social ills linked to alcohol abuse.

Among these is a proposal to raise the minimum legal drink drinking age from 18 to 21.

Davies says he's convinced that hiking the legal drinking age to 21 will slash mortality rates linked to alcohol abuse.

Davies says there is evidence showing this has worked in other countries.

"We've to take some much more drastic measures to combat alcohol abuse. This is indeed a very serious national problem."

The minister is adamant drastic measures have to be implemented to curb increasing alcohol abuse rates which costs government R3.7 billion annually.