Maneuvering through Covid-19 has been a tricky situation for businesses, individuals, and governments alike. One country caught amidst the chaos of controversial Covid-19 policies is South Africa. One such topic sparking unrest is the current ban of alcohol until the 15th of January. Today we are touching base with Trevor a fellow South African citizen. In his opinion, the national alcohol ban is justified. He undoubtedly sounds like an educated individual who backs up his statement with facts, research, and studies. See his interview below:
Simon: It is refreshing to find a South African who grasps the impact of alcohol trauma on the health care system. In your opinion do you think the alcohol ban was justified?
Trevor: The alcohol ban is completely justified. First and foremost I'd like to stress out that it isn't necessarily anyone's fault. Several studies have proved that there is a relationship between excessive drinking or alcohol abuse, and poverty. The stats also show us that when you consider alcohol-related mortality, that of South Africa is amongst the highest in the world, and that is no surprise as South Africa is also known for persistent socio-economic inequality, the worst in the world. So simply telling people, "drink responsibility and stay at home" is not a solution. Banning alcohol sales especially because it's festive season was a necessity that would help keep the trauma unit less strained.
Simon: In your opinion, do you think alcohol abuse is the cause of poverty or people resort to alcohol abuse as a means of coping with the psychological effects of poverty?
Trevor: It is my opinion, in the South African context, it is actually poverty that causes alcohol abuse, and that it isn't alcoholism that causes poverty [though I do not dispute that this is possible]. Black South Africans have been through a lot. I don't think I even need to mention Apartheid. I don't want to diagnose anyone with any mental trauma, but for what we've been through, I would not be surprised if a study proved that we as black South Africans suffer from a mental trauma that we have never confronted before. With poverty comes violence, crime, and other atrocities. It absolutely makes sense to me that when one cannot escape this reality, they resort to alcoholism which forms a vicious cycle emulated by the generations that follow.
Simon: For a closing question, what would you say to a person who has been set back by Covid-19? Who might have even lost hope?
Trevor: Focus on your health. Maintain social distancing, sanitize your hands regularly especially if you've touched public surfaces. Exercise and eat healthily. Also, stay away from conspiracy theories because they will only traumatize you further. Our country is not perfect. It has a lot of flaws. But it is not absolutely hopeless. Your situation is not permanent. You have overcome a lot in your life. And you will overcome this too
Trevor is clearly a brilliant, caring responsible citizen. It is such an honor to pick his brilliant brain. We wish nothing but healing, happiness, and recovery for those affected by Covid-19.
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