- The WHO recently ranked South Africa as one of the world's biggest societies of drinkers
- Briefly asked citizens what they thought of the country's habits concerning alcohol
- South Africans had their say on social media, expressing opinions across the board
Briefly.co.za recently took to Facebook to see what people thought of a new World Health Organisation report which found that South Africa was the sixth heaviest drinking country in the world.
Additionally, the report found that binge drinking was a particular problem in South Africa, leading directly to a substantial number of deaths every year.
As usual, Mzansi had a lot to say.
One user, Tiwonge Gondwe, said, " It is very sad. This one of the reasons we have so much wrong things happening. But it is just a business for others."
Others agreed, saying that alcohol abuse was seen as normal in South Africa. "People think u can only have fun when u drunk in this country," wrote another user, Nohaya Njongo.
Others said that alcohol should not be demonised, but that its negative side-affects should be acknowledged. For example, Vincent Botha said, "Nothing wrong with a social drink or with friends watching sport, but alcohol is the cause of many problems."
Others took a lighter approach to the issue (which may explain part of why drinking is so socially acceptable in South Africa). In response to South Africa coming at sixth place on the list, one user wrote, " Not good enough. We need to move to the number one spot."
Another, Charles Mosoeu, responded to the bleak report by saying, "This is bad news. I need a drink to relief this stress."
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