The problem of underage drinking has been a thorn in the side of South African society for years and needs urgent intervention from Government and other role-players to be sufficiently addressed.
This is according to Professor Charles Parry, the Director of the Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Research Unit, at the South African Medical Research Council.
Parry says the recent spate of tavern tragedies reinforces the need to relook whether there is enough being done to effectively tackle drinking among teenagers.
Parry says several factors contribute to underage drinking.
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- Government should enact more robust legislation to prevent more young people from becoming addicted to nicotine.
- 20% of surveyed Western Cape 14 and 15-year-olds attempted suicide over the past year.
- Government urged to boost access to mental healthcare support services for young people.
Enyobeni Tavern Tragedy speaks to 1) underage drinking (not drinking of person 18-21) so⬆️ legal drinking age would not have made a difference in this case; 2) marketing of alcohol products to person under the legal drinking age; 3) price promotions; & 4) violating trading hours https://t.co/ROrc7exssA
— Charles Parry (@profparry) July 9, 2022