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Government, Society and Corporates Have a Responsibility to Eradicate Scourge of Alcohol Abuse - Ramdhuny

Government, civil society and corporates have a responsibility to collectively eradicate the scourge of alcohol abuse. It is everyone’s responsibility. This was said by the Chief Director of the National Liquor Authority at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Ms Prea Ramdhuny.  Ramdhuny was speaking during an event to observe the International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day (FADS) in Kuruman, Northern Cape. The event was held under the theme No Amount of Alcohol is Safe During Pregnancy.

According to Ramdhuny, the future of South Africa belongs to the children; they are the leaders that will continue to drive the economy forward, therefore everyone has an obligation to invest in them and protect them from the effects of alcohol and alcohol abuse.

“As government we are sending out a strong message to the liquor industry, liquor manufacturers, distributors and retailers to take responsibility of their products and drive programmes that will change the drinking culture in our country. We envisage the launch of FASD as the beginning of many dialogues, programmes and key interventions focusing on eradicating FASD from our communities,” said Ramdhuny.

Additionally, Ramdhuny said research has been conducted in areas of known or suspected of high alcohol consumption by women and the Northern Cape remains a concern as it is having the highest prevalence of FAS. She added there was a need to intensify awareness about the harmful effects of alcohol abuse during pregnancy.

A community member, Ms Mmakadi Sebako stated that it was key for the youth to learn about the disadvantages of alcohol abuse at a younger age.

“Alcohol abuse in the district affects most youth and expectant women. More of these informative events are needed in the district as well as in villages away from the towns so that more people can be able to get the information brought by the departments. It should not just be a once-off thing.

Ms Nonkuluko Teise from the Kuruman Freedom Network-working Against Human Trafficking indicated that although the event was important, the liquor board should also play its part in ensuring that when a liquor store licence was issued business owner followed the licence conditions.  

“The board and the police must follow up on selling of alcohol to kids as this also contributes to the crime,” said Teise.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. Problems may include an abnormal appearance, short height, low body weight, small head size, poor coordination and low intelligence. The most severe form of the condition is known as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).

The Chief Director of the National Liquor Authority Ms Prea Ramdhuny speaking at the International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day (FADS)

Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
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