South African Women Are Africa’s Heavy Alcohol Drinkers‏

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South African women are the most heaviest alcohol drinkers in Africa” – That’s what the recent World Health Organization research report findings is saying.

According the report 41.2% of South African women from across all social classes are binge drinkers. The report also revealed that South African women drank an average of 60ml of alcohol a week and therefore passing South african legal drinking the 0.05% per person per day limit.

This research report revelations come almost exactly a year after the Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use had done Women’s Cycles Impact Effects Of Alcohol on 14 May 2013. Back then Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use said women appear to be consuming larger quantities of alcohol and while they try to keep up with the same quantities of alcohol that men consume.

These research report findings came at the backdrop of new proposed alcohol consumption related bill that is forcing liquor retail stores to provide free water and condoms within their operational premises. This proposed draft bill was officially in January released by the South African Department of Trade and Industry for public comment.

On the other hand, there is also a draft bill that is going around in few cities and provinces prohibit purchasing alcohol on Sundays. According to media reports this proposed bill is championed by number of civil society organizations, government and cooperate industry are doing their bid fight against alcohol abuse in the country. They all want to see more realistic, uncompromising proactive tougher punitive sanctions for transgressors.

Various South African Women Organizations and South African Alcohol Anonymous refuse to comment about this World Health Organization. Most of them wanted to first read the entire report while others have many questions about the report.

In quest to understand how South African women reflections, responses and reactions to this report, African Voices spoke to young females and these are their views.

Young psychologist from Cape Town Thulisa Mayekiso believe that in South African context there are various underlining social, emotional psychological, historical inherited causes for alcohol abuse. Mayekiso said “some use it to numb the pain in their hearts

Minewhile socialite Luyanda Mbi conquer with some of Mayekiso’s views. Mbi said “I think its over compensating behavior. We come from a country whereby women had no say…democracy came with 50/50 we finally got ours and we wanna be equal to men.”

University of Cape Town Economics student Tshegofatso Ramatlo was “questioning the validity of that report” while Free State peer educator Matsidiso Ntoule said if the report findings are true maybe the reason why South African women are finding themselves trapped in this problem is because they might using alcohol for temporal quick”as the easy way out

The research findings also showed that round Zambian women are also among hardest beer drinkers Zambia with 41 percent binge drink at least once a week. Other African countries like Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zimbabwe were also reported to be among those with heavy women alcohol drinkers.

According to World Health Organization lead researcher Jonathan Shepherd.”Binge drinking has become less frequent and proportion of young people who don’t drink has risen sharply.”

It is also very important to note that this research by World Health Organization was not conducted in all African countries.

by Lwazi Nyanakancesh Nongauza
African Voice, Johannesburg, South Africa or


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