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Bottleshops affect the health and well-being of people across the suburb, not just the health of people who buy the alcohol. from www.shutterstock.com

Bottleshops affect people’s health, so our laws need to reflect that

There's growing evidence the location and density of bottleshops influences the health and well-being of locals, particularly in disadvantaged areas.
Giving up alcohol for a month might help you feel better in the short term, but no-one knows if taking part in these campaigns promotes long-term healthy drinking habits. from www.shutterstock.com

Yes, alcohol awareness campaigns like Dry July can work, but not for everyone

Many of us might be tempted to give up alcohol for a month as part of a highly publicised campaign, like Dry July. But how successful are these campaigns and how do you measure any long-term benefits?
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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