Family Digest 32

Alcohol, Cigarettes and the COVID-19 Lockdown

“Beyond health consequences, the harmful use of alcohol brings significant social and economic losses to individuals and society at large”.[i]  

The narrative of the COVID-19 pandemic has been dominated by the controversy surrounding the ban on the sale of cigarettes and alcohol. The ban was sudden and took the public by surprise. The initial regulations of Lockdown Level 5 had the support of most South Africans. However, the length of the Lockdown, and the implementation of Lockdown 4 without any amendment to those regulations, resulted in widespread dissatisfaction.

[i] https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/alcohol

Read the full Digest: Family Digest 32 180620