Readers have advised the government not to touch their alcohol, although a study found that total bans were more effective than partial bans at reducing trauma.
The Cape University-published study Town (UCT) and Stellenbosch University investigated trauma cases during the alcohol sales ban in South Africa and found that complete bans during a high lockdown reduced trauma and assaults.
The research used data from all trauma-related patients presented from March 1 to September 29, 2020 at the Emergency Center at Mitchell’s Plain Hospital, and the corresponding periods in 2019 were exported from an existing database. < / p>
The first full alcohol ban was enforced in March 2020, followed by a second in July and the third in December. The fourth ban was introduced on June 28 this year and lifted 28 days later.
The chairman of the SA Liquor Brand Owners Association (Salba), Sibani Mngadi, said that the four alcohol sales bans resulted in a total loss of retail sales of R 45.1 billion, or 15.8% of the sector’s forecast sales for 2020 and 2021.
TimesLIVE conducted a poll this week asking readers if SA should adopt a full alcohol ban during the Covid-19 waves.
61 percent of those surveyed said total alcohol bans should be abolished, while 24% said partial bans were “weak sauce”. and total bans should be implemented.
Fifteen percent asked if this wasn’t already the government’s strategy.
On social media Chris Rojas claimed the problem was gatherings , no alcohol.
“Enforce existing Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings. Alcohol has nothing to do with gatherings. The people are defiant anyway, “he said.
” The only thing that should be banned is the lockdown itself, “added Victor Makibane Dikotla. < / p>
Ralph Bhekswayo said the alcohol ban may have reduced trauma but resulted in job losses.
“We have to teach ourselves to look at things from different perspectives. The alcohol ban may have been effective in reducing trauma, but it was also effective in reducing jobs as companies closed and workers made redundant. So what more would we like to avoid, trauma or job losses? When you have found the answer, give me a call. “