Banning alcohol for 18-21-year-olds is irrational because their inebriation induces no more than a tiny fraction of all violent crimes and road accidents, argues the irrepressible Leon Louw of the Free Market Foundation.
The ratcheting government, regulatory and civil pressures on alcohol consumption and marketing.
South Africa’s draft liquor bill seeks to impose maximum discomfort on the liquor industry seemingly on the grounds that since liquor is evil, any attack on its producers and distributors is morally justifiable. Few, if any, of the proposals are practical, writes Michael Fridjohn, well-known wine commentator.
In mid-November the Treasury hosted a workshop aimed at engaging with stakeholders on the subject of alcohol excise. From the first session it was clear the purpose of the event was to excoriate the demon drink as a prelude to justifying more onerous taxes on the sector, writes Michael Fridjohn, leading wine writer and visiting Professor of Wine Business at the Graduate School of Business, UCT. He proposes, rather, that the state should look to tax sugar as a far more effective measure to control human behaviour and roll in the tax revenue.
December 5, 2013, marks the 80th anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment which ended Prohibition in the US — though beer got a bit of a jump on wine and spirits in April of 1933. And in the eight decades that have followed those 14 long, dry years, those in the beverage alcohol business have been doing their best to ensure that the lessons of Prohibition are never forgotten.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has reiterated that there will be a cap on alcohol advertising in one form or another.
The proposed SA ban on alcohol advertising has been approved by an inter-ministerial committee on substance abuse, prompting Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, to assert that this is one step further on the way to fulfilling his promises on booze marketing.
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