The World Health Organization has reportedly ranked South Africa as the sixth heaviest drinking country in the world.
In particular, the WHO's 2018 report found that South Africa has a large problem with binge drinking.
According to The South African, the study found that 7% of South African suffer from disorders related to drinking, that 2% are dependent on alcohol and a full 6% of deaths in the country are a direct result of alcohol consumption.
Additionally, another study concluded that South Africa had the world's highest rate of car accidents related to drunk driving.
In light of South Africa's alcohol problems, some economists have argued that alcohol sin taxes need to be examined.
Some claim that the fact that most alcoholic drinks are taxed at the same rate regardless of their alcohol content drives some people to save money by purchasing stronger drinks.
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