The Devastating Impact of Alcohol and Drug Abuse


Alcohol and drug abuse are pervasive global problems with well-documented risks. These issues transcend race, class, and social barriers, wreaking havoc on communities worldwide.

They contribute to violent crime, road fatalities, and a disturbing rise in gender-based violence and femicide. South Africa, unfortunately, faces a particularly severe challenge. A 2022 Harm Reduction International report identified the country as one of the world’s largest methamphetamine markets.

This alarming situation demands a collective response. We all have a role to play in combating alcohol and substance abuse, working towards their eradication in our communities. To achieve this, the police need the unwavering support of parents, communities, and all stakeholders.

Substance abuse dismantles the very fabric of society. It significantly contributes to a range of health issues, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, chronic diseases like cardiovascular illness and cancers, and mental health disorders.


SAMWUMED Mental Health Programme

Mental illness is a serious illness that can affect a person’s thinking, mood and behaviour, as well as how they deal with stress. The Mental Health Programme is aimed at helping members and dependents to manage their emotional, psychological and social wellbeing.

The Programme provides support to patients suffering from drug and alcohol abuse by giving them access to the best family practitioners. For more information on our Mental Health Programme, click here: