oa South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Alcohol consumption, nutrition, cardiovascular disease and iron status in South Africa : implications for South Africa's drinking guidelines : editorial
This series of articles deals with alcohol abuse in South Africa, one of the main economic, social and health problems contributing greatly to the burden of disease in South Africa. The article by Setlalentoa et al provides a useful backdrop to the historical and social aspects of the causes and consequences of alcohol use and abuse in South Africa. The narrative article by Pisa et al is a useful overview of the biological hazards associated with alcohol use and its metabolic products, and the teratogenic effects of alcohol consumption. The authors argue that, while abstinence for all may be a preferable "solution" to promoting continued abstinence for non-drinkers and moderate drinking for those who drink, a move to banning alcohol, rather than reducing drinking, could be both impractical and have deleterious societal consequences.
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