Analysis: Government's alcohol play, a dangerous over-reach
On Monday it was confirmed that the inter-ministerial committee examining changing laws around alcohol had sent a proposed bill through to Cabinet proper. Various ministers have confirmed the bill will ban the advertising of alcohol in literally all media. But they've also now added another proposal: to change the legal drinking age from eighteen to 21.
Tourists just about everywhere will be offered some form of local brew. It's only in religious dictatorships like Saudi Arabia that booze is totally, and successfully banned.
At what point can a government stop the homeless man on the street from pouring meths down his throat? Where does the concept of informed consent fit into this? With smoking it's a bit easier, we know it's addictive, we know it is polluting the air others' breathe, we know the effects, and they are, to an extent, pretty similar for everyone. Some people get addicted easily, some don't.
Up until this point in the country's great booze debate, I haven't had a strong opinions. I have also been slightly in favour of actually limiting Sunday trading.
I don't think restaurants should be stopped from selling alcohol, but further limiting the operating hours of bottle stores is an idea worth trying.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Daily MaverickSimilar Stories