Beaches, booze and … brawls?

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Not quite a handful of days have passed since the announcement of the lifting of the beach ban, the warm weather in my neck of the woods has seen people flock to the water’s edge and alcohol has made a rapid appearance. Will this first weekend be … disappointing?

South Africans love their good weather – and bad. Anything is an excuse for a braai, a bit of social gathering and some fun. Naturally, this means dop, and lots of it. A couple of booze bans into this pandemic, do you think people have learned that moderation is a good idea?

I doubt it.

This lack of self-control means more strain on medical resources – at a really bad time. Beyond that though, have we not advanced and matured enough as a society that we can handle our alcohol?

There have already been reports of public intoxication, fights, and other issues relating to an over-consumption of alcohol. With curfew an hour later and alcohol back on the shelves, it must be tempting to consider everything normal again.

For those who believe that the only way to drink is until they fall down, stay off the road, stay away from sharp objects, stay away from conflict and stay away from emergency rooms. If you can manage this, drain all the bottles you like.

When heading back to the beaches and parks, let enthusiasm not take over too far. There’s no point accessing what you have been deprived of it all you’re going to do is turn it into a dump. Don’t use the bins where you go, take home what you don’t use and definitely don’t leave rubbish behind.

On a final note, you remember all those mailings you got from Reader’s Digest over the years? The standing joke was always that while law enforcement might not be able to track you down, Reader’s Digest always could. Well, they first published on 5 February 1922. It was the first printed magazine to go into international distribution, peaking at 34 countries and is currently available in 22.

Author: Morné Condon

Automotive journalist in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, following new models, old cars, car clubs and motorsport. My interests are not restricted to the automotive environment, although this is where I am mostly to be found.

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