Insight: African alcohol binge raises pressure for crackdown

Men chat as they drink beer at a sheeben in Soweto, southwest of JohannesburgWORCESTER, South Africa (Reuters) – On a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon in Worcester, a forlorn rural community near South Africa's southern tip, the queue at the liquor store is the longest in town. It's a scene constantly repeated across South Africa and a number of other nations on the continent: the prelude to a weekend of binge drinking. After years of turning a blind eye to alcohol abuse, politicians from South Africa to Kenya and Zambia are under pressure to tackle a problem that is adding to Africa's burden of HIV, birth defects, road accidents and violent crime. …



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