Patterns of alcohol consumption in South Africa: implications of harmful drinking for families

SOURCE: South African Social Attitudes: family matters: family cohesion, values and strengthening to promote wellbeing
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2019
TITLE AUTHOR(S): A.Bhana, C.Groenewald
SOURCE AUTHOR(S): Z.Mokomane, B.Roberts, J.Struwig, S.Gordon
KEYWORDS: ALCOHOL ABUSE, DRINKING BEHAVIOUR, FAMILY WELL-BEING, SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY (SASAS)
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Development (HSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10992

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Abstract

The chapter draws from the 2014 South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) module administered in January-March 2015. These alcohol questions form part of the European Social Survey (ESS) module on the social determination of health that was included in SASAS 2014 with the support of the Newton Fund. The module design thus forms part of a broader initiative to better capture alcohol consumption patterns for comparative analysis. The innovative use of show-cards depicting various alcohol beverages in recognisable packaging and containers enabled respondents to better identify the size and type of alcohol they consumed ??? thus ensuring more accurate recording of not only the type of alcohol that individuals consumed, but importantly, the volume of alcohol consumed. Included in this description is the use of less-commercial drinking vessels, such as jars of beer, and the consumptions of traditional sorghum beer.