Durban - South Africans’ heavy boozing habits, especially among women, are costing the local and national government an estimated R17 billion each year.
World Health Organisation statistics show South Africa is among countries where people show the most risky patterns of drinking in the world. Other countries on this list included Belarus, Belize, Grenada, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Namibia, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.
South African women also topped the list of heavy drinking females on the continent.
A recent study by Dr Richard Matzopoulos of the South African Research Council showed alcohol was the most widely abused drug in South Africa, costing the government billions of rands.
The study indicated that in 2010, R17bn was allocated by the national and provincial governments to address alcohol-related harms.