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Alcohol abuse in South Africa has roots in the dop system, introduced by Dutch colonists was a means of paying farm workers with cheap alcohol. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

South Africa fails to tackle its high foetal alcohol syndrome rate

Dealing with foetal alcohol syndrome in South Africa needs more than telling women to stop drinking during pregnancy. It must also deal with the society around them.
South Africans consume more than five billion litres of alcohol each year. The Department of Trade and Industry is introducing a new alcohol policy to change the country’s drinking habits. Sara Hylton/Reuters

What needs to be done to end South Africa’s status as a nation of heavy drinkers

With South Africa's consumption levels higher than the worldwide average, interventions to change the country's drinking habits are critical.

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