Dealing with the Challenges of Liquor at Community Level

Zia Wasserman (2019) ‘Dealing with the challenges of liquor at community level’. Sonke Gender Justice, South Africa.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) 2018 Global Report on Alcohol and Health says that, in South Africa, 38.3% of men above 15 years old have never drunk liquor. It also says that 18.5% used to drink, but have now stopped. This means that, in South Africa, 56.8% of men above 15 years old don’t drink.

The report also says that 68% of women above the age of 15 have never drunk liquor, while 12.7% did drink, but stopped. So, altogether, 80.6% of women in South Africa above the age of 15 don’t drink.

So, if we count men and women together, we find that 69% of men and women above the age of 15 don’t drink liquor at all. Therefore only 31% of people in South Africa above the age of 15 drink liquor. This means that less than a third of all people above the age of 15 in South Africa are drinkers.