South Africa’s COVID-19 Alcohol Sales Ban: The Potential for Better Policy-Making

Document Type : Letter to Editor


1 School of Public Health & Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

2 Burden of Disease Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa

3 Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

4 Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

5 Department of Community Medicine, UiT the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway


South Africa’s COVID-19 Alcohol Sales Ban: The Potential for Better Policy-Making


Main Subjects


Dear Editor,

Evidence of the social impacts of emergency responses to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is emerging in several countries, including increased prevalence of domestic violence.1 Alcohol is the elephant in the room in mediating many such impacts, yet governments have been reluctant to address alcohol sales in the context of social-distancing measures. Exceptions include several African countries including South Africa, Namibia, and Madagascar.2 ... (Read more...)

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Volume 9, Issue 11
November 2020
Pages 486-487
  • Receive Date: 20 May 2020
  • Revise Date: 04 June 2020
  • Accept Date: 04 June 2020
  • First Publish Date: 01 November 2020