South Africa’s Addiction Action Campaign (AAC) has congratulated SAB Miller on its stance against under-age drinking, driving while drunk and foetal alcohol syndrome.
AAC’s chairperson, Warren Whitfield, who warns that this is the only first step, says companies profiting from the sale of alcohol need to plough much greater sums into harm reduction investment as part of meaningful social responsibility and righting massive imbalances in society.
The AAC is campaigning for the complete abolition of alcohol advertising. This view is also supported this week by the influential British Medical Association, which calls for the limiting of the British alcohol industry’s R8 billion annual promotional budget to include its sponsorship of sports and arts events.
The AAC has already approached the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), church groups and NGOs to support its march to the SABMiller on 30 October 2009 in Johannesburg.
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