“Our existing laws and policies focus on the regulations of licensing, production, distribution and sale of alcohol, but do not address the impact and consequences of alcohol-related harms on society.”
“This contribution is important, especially in the Western Cape, but the cost of alcohol-related harms outweighs the contribution.”The financial cost of alcohol to the economy was estimated as a net loss of R245-280 billion or 10-12% of GDP. Even more worrying, is alcohol's effect on communities in the Western Cape including young children.
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"Enforcement is a combination of compliance and law enforcement. It ensures that liquor licence holders and applicants follow the law, and that those who don’t are punished according to it."The Alcohol Harms Reduction Green Paper is open for public feedback and comment until 30 November 2016.