Youth must drink responsibly

While we all agree that alcohol abuse among young people is becoming a serious problem, the ANC youth league's assumption that it is as a result of Sunday-alcohol sales is incorrect and illogical and raises questions about the source of the assumption.

While we all agree that alcohol abuse among young people is becoming a serious problem, the ANC youth league's assumption that it is as a result of Sunday-alcohol sales is incorrect and illogical and raises questions about the source of the assumption.

The biggest challenge for young people like myself today is that we have a moral obligation to maintain high ethical standards. The obligation and care starts with us young people ourselves to take responsibility for our own lives and the lives of all our compatriots.

The reality is that alcohol is mostly abused on Fridays and Saturdays.

Young people should be sensitised and taught that with rights come responsibility, regardless of day, date, time or place.

There is nothing wrong with selling alcohol on Sundays and equally so, nothing wrong with drinking on Sundays. What is wrong though is to sell alcohol to any person under the age of 18, any day of the week. Also, alcohol abuse is uncalled for.

My appeal to all young people, especially those who are not living with their parents such as students, is to ensure that they take responsibility for their own actions and to live positive and healthy lives.

 Khume Ramulifho, Johannesburg

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