Act re­spon­si­bly and re­main safe

The Citizen (KZN) - - Opinion -

It’s the time of the year where most peo­ple spend time with their fam­i­lies by sit­ting back and putting their feet up. The fes­tive sea­son is a time to re­flect on the past year, and give thanks for what bless­ings have been re­ceived. But it’s also a time where the con­sump­tion of al­co­hol in­creases sub­stan­tially, some­thing that con­cerns Prea Ran­dumy, chief di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Liquor Au­thor­ity.

Of­ten with al­co­hol abuse comes a spike in re­ported cases of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and the in­crease of peo­ple caught driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

“South Africans are con­sid­ered not to be re­spon­si­ble users of al­co­hol but rather take to binge drink­ing – some­one who would drink be­tween five to six glasses of al­co­hol in a par­tic­u­lar sit­ting,” said Ran­dumy. “”It is worse in the fes­tive sea­son.

You also have ma­tric­u­lants cel­e­brat­ing the end of a phase in their life.

“We are not say­ing peo­ple shouldn’t drink. We are say­ing they should drink re­spon­si­bly,” she added.

Ev­ery­one should cer­tainly en­joy them­selves over the hol­i­days. Just act re­spon­si­bly and stay safe.

We wish all our read­ers a merry Christmas.

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