Alcohol ban remains in place for the foreseeable future. South Africans who fear job losses already become frustrated, as do restaurant owners and home consumers. With a relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions in some areas, people hoped for good news about alcohol. But, it never came. Even a suggestion that the government relaxes the sales for wine and beer got rejected. For Minister Dlamini-Zuma, it seems there’s no differences between drinking beer and wine, or spirits.
Alcohol ban – alcohol is alcohol Dlamini-Zuma
Businesstech reported that Minister Dhlamini-Zuma rejects the idea of allowing the sale of wine and spirits. The news came via her response to the court regarding the Southern African Agri Initiative (Saai). The outlet cited De Burger. They noted that she indicated, “alcohol is defined in the Liquor Act as wine, beer, and any other alcoholic product.” Plus, they can’t confirm that wine or lesser alcoholic spirits cause fewer “trauma” cases in hospitals.
At the same time, she indicated the alcohol ban gets reversed sometime in the future. The minister said, “There is no desire on the part of the government to leave this prohibition in place for longer than it is regarded necessary,” She claims the government’s well aware of the hardships that the ban brings to the employment sector. But, said that’s the reason why wine producers may still “transport” for “export” purposes.
Are spirits more likely to make people drunk?
Actually, people may wonder why the alcohol ban remains for wines and beer, as they come with lower alcohol content. But, it depends on how people consume it. Most people dilute spirits with a mixer. That brings it down to about the same alcohol content as a standard serving of wine or beer. The problem with spirits comes when people drink it undiluted or mixed with other alcoholic drinks.
As The Conversation points out, “Spirits have a higher concentration of alcohol (40%) than beer (5%) or wine (12%) and are often downed quickly, either in shots or with a sweet mixer. This rapidly increases blood alcohol concentration, and therefore alcohol’s effects, including changes in mood.” So, it’s not clear how the Minster reached her conclusion that all alcohol is much the same.
Suffice to say that for now, all the appeals seem to come to nothing. People can only wring their hands and cry out in frustration, seemingly until the NCC decides to let people drink again…sometime.
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