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Signing into law of liquor bill won't change people’s drinking habits - group

CAPE TOWN - Five years has passed lastly the Liquor Products Amendment Bill has been endorsed into law. 

The Bill, which is currently an Act, was postponed in Parliament in July 2016. 

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The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance chief Maurice Smithers on Tuesday said the Bill was more item orientated. 

"This isn't be the Holy Grail that we are searching for. This is a Bill that is drafted by the Department of Agriculture; it is expected just to guarantee that what we drink in the nation has the right fixings in it. That is the thing that it says it is," he said. 

He said while this was significant, it was not going to really change individuals' drinking propensities. 

"It opens the chance to manage certain huge difficulties; there are provisos there for instance about the significance of liquor that you must have a grant to include whatever has over 0.5% liquor," Smithers added.

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