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South Africa Banned Booze To Stop COVID. A Harsh Truth Was Revealed

Added 04-16-21 10:07:02am EST - “The hope was that if people weren't out drinking, they wouldn't be spreading the virus. There were unforeseen benefits to the ban, which ended last month ?" and negative impacts as well.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “South Africa Banned Booze To Stop COVID. A Harsh Truth Was Revealed”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A liquor store in Newtown, Johannesburg, shuttered during the country's ban on alcohol. The photo is from Dec. 29, 2020. Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

A liquor store in Newtown, Johannesburg, shuttered during the country's ban on alcohol. The photo is from Dec. 29, 2020.

CAPE TOWN — In South Africa, the government tried to control the COVID-19 outbreak by banning booze to keep people from gathering. Plus, sober South Africans were less likely to violently protest a complete lockdown.

You couldn't sit at a bar; you couldn't order a glass of wine; you couldn't even buy beer at the store.

There was an immediate public health benefit that had nothing to do with COVID-19. Suddenly, emergency rooms were empty, devoid of alcohol-related accidents.

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