But bids to limit the damaging effect of the liquor industry are meeting spirited resistance.
Replacement therapy for menopause symptoms is considered safe – if the breast cancer risk is addressed.
Three drug addicts tell their stories of devastation, desperation and, finally, the long road to recovery.
An eye-wateringly yellow drink is the Capital Cocktail to celebrate Cape Town's status as World Design Capital.
Alcohol abuse breeds apathy and joblessness, and fuels abuse in an ever more vicious cycle.
The brewer is among South African-based firms mugged by the country's descent into civil war.
Spirit-producer Diageo is betting smaller bottles can persuade sub-Saharan drinkers to sample its well-known labels, instead of homemade brews.
Are parents are setting a bad example by letting their children see them in a drunken state?
The new Gauteng Liquor Bill would close loopholes in current liquor legislation, including streamlining the process of applying for a liquor licence.
Average consumers are spending their money largely on transport, housing and food.
Grappa was once rough trade, the uncouth Italian peasant not fit to associate with the aristocratic grape spirit, cognac.
Restricting marketing of liquor will have a negative effect on the industry and the economy, says the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
A ban on alcohol advertising won't work in SA, says Econometrix, which predicts that the prohibition will have a negative impact on the economy.
Bhekisisa reporter Mia Malan explains how a small village saw violent crimes wiped out since shebeens in the area were ordered to close by 7pm.
Retailers in the city's Beyogly district fear that a planned government clampdown on alcohol sales could threaten livelihoods and personal freedoms.
In a far-flung district, a night-time ban on shebeens has wiped out violence in a village.
Brandy is the liquor for men aspiring to be heroes, proclaimed Dr Samuel Johnson (assigning port to less ambitious guys and claret to boys).
In an unlikely arid part of the Cape, a vineyard with a long witblits tradition is now producing a notable white wine.
A government task team investigating restrictions on alcohol advertising would probably not recommend an outright ban, media reported on Wednesday.