The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance’s Namibia liaison officer, Irene Kauzuu has called on the government to increase the legal alcohol consumption age from 18 to 21, saying during a panel discussion on psychosocial support for HIV and Aids patients and substance addicts that most 18-year-olds are young, vulnerable learners who are either in Grade 12 or they have just finished school. Saying that if government “truly want to address the issue of substance and alcohol abuse they will look at coming up with a policy to regulate and control alcohol” Kauzuu explained that SAAPA will soon approach parliamentarians to come up with a policy that will among other things control the density of illegal shebeens which they believe could potentially reduce crime in Namibia.