Continuing ban on alcohol and tobacco is life threatening for addicts: expert

Continuing ban on alcohol and tobacco is life threatening for addicts: expert

2020-05-22 09:54:00 PM

Continuing ban on alcohol and tobacco is life threatening for addicts: expert

The ongoing ban on the sale of alcohol and tobacco products during the lockdown has tortured and left addicted South Africans with severe withdrawal symptoms.

“Of even greater concern is that severe withdrawal in some at-risk people with a history of continuous heavy drinking, particularly the elderly, can result in high fevers, confusion [delirium], hallucinations, tremors and coma (delirium tremens), as well as seizures, heart attack or stroke if they are compelled to suddenly stop consuming alcohol,” said Laurenson.

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He said statistics published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2019, indicated that South Africans were among the heaviest drinkers in the world.“It may surprise many people to learn that in the high-risk individual, alcohol withdrawal is more dangerous than any other type of drug withdrawal,” said Laurenson.

While the ban had proven to have an impact with some types of crime going down, Laurenson said the history of heavy drinking equally had to be monitored.“This is particularly important if the individual has had a long history of heavy drinking, is over the age of 50, and has also had a previous history of seizures, heart attack or stroke, as they are at particularly high risk of suffering serious, and even potentially fatal, withdrawal symptoms.”

He said people who regularly use alcohol often become physically and mentally dependent to the extent that when they are no longer able to have them, they experience a surge of adrenaline and cravings. This created withdrawal syndrome which ranged from mild and uncomfortable to chronic and life-threatening, depending on the person’s age, physical and psychological characteristics, duration of use and the type of drug.

“Delirium tremens symptoms, also known as the DTs, are a potentially dangerous expression of alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The DTs describe a state of confusion that produces hallucinations and delusions, which generally occur within 24–72 hours after stopping alcohol consumption, but they can appear more than a week after the last drink.

Laurenson said if the symptoms went untreated, it could result in a 5%-10% chance of death.He  said some common symptoms in those with a history of heavy drinking included that they start to shudder and shake, become delirious and/or suffer a seizure.

He urged those suffering from the symptoms to get urgent treatment at a health facility or hospital.“If the individual concerned is suffering from delirium or has a seizure, however, you should call an emergency medical services provider so that they can receive medical treatment urgently. Anyone who is concerned that they may have an alcohol addiction problem should consider treatment, as alcohol use can have serious long-term physical and mental health implications,” added Laurenson.

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Abramjee I'm so tired of hearing of this. Our basic human rights are being infringed upon and it seems line a joke to our government! Why not have them be handled as recovering addicts as is normally done a rehab? The way u are always on alcohol and tobacco is suspicious. Please say something about land issues

A bought expert advocating for evil. Biased experts. Temporary ban on alcohol and ciggies have saved millions of lives. How many addicts do we have? Haai bo😳! They dont give a continental damn! Their ignorance is clear as day to the WORLD and their INHUMANE tactics on several levels not just this ban but others also is OVERWHELMING but will also EVENTUALLY become the noose with which they hang themselves! CyrilRamaphosa DlaminiZuma

Besides threatening of addicts,it is also a huge treat in our country's economy but Zuma doesn't care about that. What a leadership 🤷 The millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. In youths it will be called financial instability, unemployment, despair, drug addiction, poverty, and abuse

Addict must be admitted. We have rehabilitation for all types of drug addicts Why the continuing ban? The original ban of cigarettes and alcohol was threatening for addicts. Those edicts would have died long time ago if liers and telling the truth, it has been two months without drinking alcohol and smoking cigarette. The so called 'experts' are thinking they're running the country.

So it's life healing to those that ain't! Is alcohol food? Lol singing for supper It’s also threatening our economy and personal freedoms. not just giving the adult public the middle finger - it's telling those who are suffering that they can drink a cup of vinegar.... What will they take away after taking bread and butter? The water?

Sad, really is but the objective is bigger and far reaching. Voetsek! It's time for large scale rehabilitation! They smoke in non smokers faces so they deserve it. This is the reckoning If you die, you die 😜🙈 I am working for one of the SA big company n am retrenched thanks to u all my children don't have food urs r eating lettuce and cucumber u should b ashamed of ur selves. Ur houses r full of alcohol

I'm so angry at this gogo I don't even know what to sayNDZ must fall Can l see evidence? Alcohol consumption threatens the lives of AZANIAN citizens on the road from drunken driving, violence, murder, rape, robbery, domestic abuse to mention just a few. Let the Addicts drink MAGEU they will be sober and much healthier in no time.

Abramjee Take them to Rehab and Tobacco Industry must pay what is inside those things Stupidity at its best. The is no such I thought they are getting theirs on the black market. Threatening to my wallet. Jesus.... Abramjee They are drinking traditional bear, abelungu must buy ours nah People who work da thy are not important to u ANC neh ok come votung days kuzanyiwa

🤣🤣🤣😭😂😂😂because omg wow... Abramjee Addicts have long recovered Only white media; STRATCOM for you Abramjee I cannot comprehend how there no understanding of mental awareness in government. It is ignorance or just plain meaness They are drinking home brew. Who writes this BS for you guys I have actually lost faith in the Government, seems we not fighting a virus, NDZ is driving her personal agenda. The fact that she doesnt grasp it shows her inability to be a leader PresidencyZA CyrilRamaphosa and it is as simple as that

They don't care , they have alcohol and cigarettes. Tsek As for life threatening 😂😂😂😂ifilum ke lena🤣🤣🤣Color filum shame😂😂 People who work for this campanys they have life also they must work. Are there scientific evidence to suggest that the band on alcohol and cigarettes can eliminate the spread of covid-19...?if so...can we get the statistics of this evaluations brought forward to the public

Life threatening for addicts? How about COVID-19? Its a prank fake frm China? You can't make this stuff up hey🤷🤣🤣🤣🤣 They don't care Argh shame, you're really trying hey.. I give you a F for effort The government dont care, they are overstocked

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