'Bad idea to raise age limit on alcohol consumption to 21'

Director of the Free Market Foundation, Temba Nolutshungu, says raising the alcohol consumption age to 21, is a bad idea.

Raising the age limit on alcohol consumption is one of the measures contained in the Liquor Amendment Bill which is now reportedly with cabinet.

If passed, the Bill will ban alcohol advertising between 6am and 10pm as well as raise the drinking age limit from 18 to 21.

Nolutshungu says if government can recruit young people at the age of 18 to join the army, it means they are capable of making rational decisions and drink responsibly.

When you are part of the army you are exposed to all sorts of dangers... you could lose your limbs, you could lose your life but still undertaking such risks, you cannot drink responsibly.

Temba Nolutshungu, Director of the Free Market Foundation

Another thing is that you can get married at the age of 18 and we all know that marriage has all sorts of complications and consequences.

Temba Nolutshungu, Director of the Free Market Foundation

It doesn't make sense why the same reasoning is not applied to people joining the army or getting married at the age of 18.

Temba Nolutshungu, Director of the Free Market Foundation

To hear the rest of the interview, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'Bad idea to raise age limit on alcohol consumption to 21'


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