South Africa - Coping with a Dry Lockdown

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  1. CervezaNY

    CervezaNY Aspirant (205) Mar 24, 2016 New York

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  2. officerbill

    officerbill Savant (968) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    Just how high is the rate of “booze-related injuries” in South Africa?
    The article hits a trifecta of being humorous, frightening, and inspirational.
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  3. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (6,263) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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  4. Dandrewjohn

    Dandrewjohn Initiate (140) Apr 13, 2013 Texas

    I don’t pretend to understand crime in South Africa. But looking at some data from 2018, it seems their overall murder rate (66/100K) is marginally higher than the highest city in the US, which to my surprise is not Chicago or Detroit, but St. Louis (61/100K).
    Just wondering what their thinking is vs our thinking. If an American city shut off alcohol sales, I’m afraid violent crime might go up instead of down. Understanding, of course, that there are many types of violent crime.
  5. erway

    erway Initiate (140) Jul 28, 2006 New Mexico

    This is truly dangerous. Whether they like it or not, chronic alcoholics could experience brain hemorrhages from seizures. Talk about a great way to fill up ICU beads.
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  6. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,426) Sep 15, 2014 Colorado

    This is a bad idea. Hospitals will be filled with alcoholics suffering withdrawal.
  7. BJB13

    BJB13 Savant (911) Feb 18, 2017 Maryland

    Interesting situation, though only from afar. I am obviously thankful not to be living in a "dry" environment.
    I am curious about the bootleg situation. I cant imagine it would take too long for the able and inclined to start supplementing their income.
  8. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (471) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    There was an article a couple weeks ago about a couple in South Africa that died, it was (haven't heard an update) being blamed on homebrew "beer" - though IIRC, the circumstances were odd if it was beer in any form that we know of.
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    SILVER Initiate (195) Jan 3, 2007 Florida

    Fake news.......
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  10. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (471) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    They died after consuming homebrew alcohol. Whether that had anything to do with the death is the question.
  11. SILVER

    SILVER Initiate (195) Jan 3, 2007 Florida

    Most probably it was what used to be called "bathtub gin".
  12. traction

    traction Devotee (466) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia

    Yep, this will be a major issue. There have also been instances in the past where there were mass poisonings due to methanol being sold as ethanol.
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