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ISSN: 2155-6105

Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy
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Review Article

Narratives on Alcohol Dependence in the Family in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Liezille Jacobs1* and Julian Jacobs2

1Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

2Research Use and Impact Assessment (RIA), Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

*Corresponding Author:
Liezille Jacobs
Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation
Human Sciences Research Council
P Bag X9182, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Email: [email protected]

Received date: April 17, 2013; Accepted date: June 12, 2013; Published date: June 26, 2013

Citation: Jacobs L, Jacobs J (2013) Narratives on Alcohol Dependence in the Family in Post-Apartheid South Africa. J Addict Res Ther 4:152. doi:10.4172/2155-6105.1000152

Copyright: © 2013 Jacobs L, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Objective: This study highlights how alcohol dependence in the context of family development in post-apartheid South Africa results in inordinately large social, economic and health problems in society at all levels. The main research question was how did your drinking affect your family?

Methods: The life story interview method was used to investigate how 10 married mothers and single lesbians’ drinking influenced their children and family’s development. How the participants make sense of their worlds in general and how such person-and context-specific systems of meaning-making or discourses impacted on their alcohol dependent experience within the family context was captured using a discourse analytical approach and presented with themes.

Results: This study’s main finding is that because Apartheid’s policies disintegrated the family system and the notion of Ubuntu was lost, the women were prone to alcohol dependency.

Conclusion: This study cautions policy makers to become more aware of the uniquely defined construct of a family in the context post Apartheid policies and of alcohol dependence in post-apartheid South Africa and to consider the development of family-based treatment models.