Banning of alcohol saves 42 lives a day

Banning of alcohol saves 42 lives a day

Researchers from the South African Medical Research Council have conducted a research that complete restrictions imposed on alcohol during lockdown elimate the causes of unnatural deaths.

Professor Tom Moultrie, Director of UCT’s Centre for Actuarial Research said the research showed that the weekly number of unnatural deaths was 49% lower than expected during the Level 5 hard lockdown from March-May 2020, and was 26% lower than expected when the sale of alcohol was banned together with curfews of between 4 and 7 hours.

If South African government decides to introduce policies to impose complete restriction on sale of alcohol, that will require significant trade-offs in terms of economic activity, as well as lives and livelihoods”.

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