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SA binge drinkers knocked back even more during lockdown: study

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SA binge drinkers knocked back even more during lockdown: study

Only a few drinkers thought the alcohol restrictions were a good incentive to reduce their intake, research reveals

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South Africans consumed more alcohol during Covid-19 lockdown than any other time and stress was to blame, University of Cape Town researchers have found.

According to new research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, the country’s binge drinkers, or so-called episodic drinkers, drank more than usual irrespective of the restrictions during different phases of the lockdown.

Many said they drank more because they were stressed, felt a need to relax and were bored...

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