Government pushing ahead with plans to raise drinking age in South Africa

The Department of Trade and Industry is pushing ahead with its plans to raise the legal drinking age in South Africa from 18 to 21 years.

The announcement was first made in May 2015, with the proposed regulations intending to curb alcohol abuse in the country.

On 29 July the department will hold a seminar to meet with “representatives of the liquor industry‚ survivors of liquor abuse and alcoholics‚ academics‚ researchers‚ non-profit organisations‚ and people working in the health and social development environment” to discuss ways to curb liquor abuse, according to Times Live.

The department has also proposed restrictions on liquor advertising and prohibiting sponsorship, according to the report.

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