How excessive drinking can contribute to GBV

How alcohol abuse can contribute to GBV

Alcohol abuse can cause damage to relationships and contribute to gender-based violence. 

Drunk man with alcohol in hand iStock
Drunk man with alcohol in hand/ iStock

The festive season is upon us. 

With many celebrations and gatherings, people consume a lot of alcohol. 

Unfortunately, excessive use of alcohol can damage one's health and contribute to gender-based violence. 

With the country observing 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the government has asked those who will be drinking to do so responsibly. 

"South Africans are urged to act responsibly this festive season should they choose to consume alcohol, and to always say no to the use of drugs," states the South African government's website. 

It went on to further warn about the link between excessive alcohol intake and crime. 

"Excessive alcohol intake is widely linked to an increase in accidents, violent behaviour, fights and domestic violence. Alcohol abuse is one of the main contributors to crime, especially gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa," states the website. 

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The government has asked that any and all crimes be reported to the right authorities. 

 "We ought to make it our duty to report incidents of GBVF, alcohol–related and other crimes, to law enforcement authorities."

Citizens are encouraged to play their part in ensuring that the country is a safe place for all who reside in it. 

"Reducing alcohol-related harms requires the combined efforts of everyone. When we do our part by practising responsible drinking and adhering to our laws, we can celebrate without putting our health, safety and the lives of others at risk."

According to the site, annually, 'the lives of 3 million individuals are lost due to alcohol, representing 5 per cent of all deaths. This is worrisome in South Africa where alcohol is the most widely used psychoactive substance and high levels of binge drinking and associated harms prevail.'

Alcohol abuse can increase the risk of liver disease, digestive problems, heart problems, lung cancer, and diabetes complications, reports the Mayo Clinic

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