21 February 2018

Alcohol isn't just hurting your pocket - see what it's doing to your body

We bemoan the fact that the price of alcohol keeps on escalating – but we need to keep in mind that this commodity affects more than just our bank balance.

Whether it's a social drink at a "tjop 'n dop" or a couple glasses of red with dinner, many South Africans enjoy their alcohol.

South Africa's finance minister, Malusi Gigaba today addressed Parliament in his budget speech and announced that for 2018 sin taxes will indeed hurt our pockets – and that the price of alcohol will increase by between 6 and 10%.

It's been proven that alcohol, while enjoyable, can do much more harm than good. If the price of this commodity isn't enough to sway your opinion, maybe the toll it takes on your health will.

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