[LISTEN] ‘Raising legal drinking age to 21 is a bad idea’

Raising the age limit on alcohol consumption is one of the measures contained in the Liquor Amendment Bill which is now reportedly with Cabinet.

CAPE TOWN – The director of the Free Market Foundation, Temba Nolutshungu, says raising the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 is irrational.

This is one step government is considering as it reviews the Liquor Amendment Bill.

“This is definitely a bad idea without a doubt. It doesn’t make sense at all.”

If passed, alcohol might only be advertised between 10pm and 6am in addition to raising the legal drinking age.

Trade and industry minister Rob Davies has argued that the human brain only fully develops in the mid-twenties.

Nolutshungu disagrees.

“Why doesn’t he apply this reasoning to people joining the army or people getting married at the age of 18? He has to be consistent. It just doesn’t make sense.”

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