Though alcohol consumption in Uganda is declining, experts note that Uganda is still the world leader at a consumption rate of 19 litres per year compared to an average of 4 litres in other African countries. The World Health Organization ranked Uganda as leading alcohol consumer in the whole world in its 2004 report. It was followed by Luxembourg at 17.5 litres and the Czech Republic at 16.2 litres per year. Dr. Nazarius Mbona, epidemiology and biostatistics expert says that about 80 percent of the alcohol drank in Uganda is locally brewed without quality standards at all. The local popular include crude waragi, tonto, muramba, ajon, enguli among others. These brands have also been known to leave scores of people blind, hospitalised or dead. “what amuses us most is that Uganda has fewer people taking alcohol than in other countries but those who drink, consume a lot”, Dr. Mbona is quoted during the press briefing. Dr. Sheila Ndyanabangi, medical officer of the mental health and control of substance abuse, confirms that Ugandan people drink alcohol for intoxication, unlike in other countries where it is consumed for social pleasure.In cases like this, an intervention by family or loved ones is most needed. Alcohol continues to be a major drawback towards development efforts in the country. It is major cause of accidents, domestic violence, rape & defilement and most especially poverty. With alcohol and beer production companies promoting responsible drinking, hopefully soon than later, the alcohol loving people will listen and take charge of their drinking habit.
Uganda Still leads in Alcohol Consumption
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