Tuesday, May 20, 2014

South Africa’s drinking spree a concern for WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised concern around binge drinking in South Africa. It says the country has a high rate of episodic drinking.

"When you calculate how much alcohol does to the people who drink [and] consume annually, then we end up with around 27 litres of pure alcohol a year which is huge and is much higher than other African countries," says Tomas Roubal from WHO.

A recent international study has revealed that around three million people die every year due to alcohol abuse. Roubal says South Africa has one of the worst patterns of alcohol consumption in the world.

"There is a very high prevalence of children between 15 to 18 or 19, and also we can observe the higher prevalence of heavy drinking among women."

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