South Africa wants to raise its drinking age to 21

The South African government wants to raise the legal drinking age from 18 to 21. This is according to a report in the City Press.

The new alcohol control measure, published in the Government Gazette, is intended to curb alcohol abuse in the country.

Other new proposals include restricting the time at which alcohol can be sold in zoned areas, the setting of parameters for advertising and marketing of alcohol, and the introduction of manufacturer liability.

Unlicensed shebeens and taverns will face additional scrutiny, and those caught supplying them will be punished.

Bar staff, manufacturers, distributors, and traders may also be held liable if alcohol is sold to an already intoxicated person who then drives and is involved in a car accident or crime.

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South Africa wants to raise its drinking age to 21