7 July 2005

Uganda: What's Wrong With One Beer Every Week?

The World Health Organisation is alarmed at the level of alcohol consumption by Ugandans. The Global Status Report on Alcohol says that Uganda has the highest alcohol consumption in the whole world.

This rate was put at 19.47 litres of alcohol per head annually. If we take alcohol as beer, then 19.47 litres a year is just about 40 bottles. A year is 52 weeks, and that is less than one beer a week. This means that Uganda is a teetotaller's nation.

Also remember that the average beer bottle is just five percent alcohol content. If this is the alcohol WHO is worried about, then there is cause to worry. It would mean that one would have to consume 20 bottles to make 100 percent alcohol. But 20 bottles a week is just about three beers a day and that's not alarming because many Ugandans consume more than that.

Maybe that is why there is cause to worry, because we drink a lot. We are officially the world's most alcohol-consuming nation. Forget the Russians who make the toughest of Vodka.

They can make their vodka, but shall consume it. Alcohol consumption is not entirely a problem, because those who love the bottle will tell you that even Jesus turned water into wine. But as we imbibe the frothy stuff, we should not forget the dangers that come with it. We all know drinking and driving is dangerous, but there are drunkards who claim that their cars know their way home. That's Ugandans for you.

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