Alcohol advertising: to ban or not to ban? That is the question – Part 1

Alcohol is a harmful substance. At least, that's what the Constitutional Court said in the 1997 S v Lawrence case. Excessive alcohol consumption is “universally regarded as a social evil” linked to “crime, disturbance of the public order, impairment of road safety, damage to health, and has other deleterious social and economic consequences”. The remark was made in the context of regulating access to and use of alcohol; it is one of the reasons why the Liquor Act was created: to balance the right to trade alcohol through the…