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Updated 18 March 2013

The evils of drink

South Africans overdo things a bit in the drinking department.

Thought that would get your attention. But seriously, South Africans overdo things a bit in the drinking department. According to the Medical Research Council, 17 litres of alcohol per person per year is the going rate. And it doesn't take a genius to work out that alcohol leads to aggression and violence. This can and does include sexual violence.

It's no surprise that heavy drinkers have a 57% higher chance of contracting HIV than other people do. Who remembers anything about safe sex after they've downed half a bottle of brandy? So cut down on the booze: less chance of HIV, fewer hangovers, better health, no drunk driving, and better relationships all round. 

Visit the Addiction Centre.
 

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