According to the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA), 2016 statistics showed that 13.4% of individuals reported going hungry every day.
“Encouraging people to buy more alcohol means less money for food and education, which will increase dependency on external agencies to provide a safety net for basic needs,” SAAPA said.
“Research shows children exposed to alcohol advertising are more likely to experiment,” SAAPA spokesperson Aadielah Maker said.
SAAPA has been pushing the Department of Trade and Industry to release the draft of the National Liquor Bill. The proposed legislation aims to raise the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 and would also crack down on alcohol advertising.