THE Eastern Cape is responsible for more than R6-billion of the staggering R38-billion that alcohol abuse costs South Africa annually.
The shocking figures were released by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini on Friday, when she announced the government’s decision to gazette a controversial bill seeking to ban alcohol advertising for public comment.
Dlamini said alcohol abuse cost the government R38-billion a year in tangible costs and about R240-billion in disability, loss of productivity and other related costs. However, the emotional cost of alcohol abuse was much higher.
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