10 October 2018

Uganda: Independence Day Celebrations - 45-Year-Old Man Dies After Excessive Alcohol Consumption

A 45-year-old man died on Tuesday after drinking what authorities said was too much alcohol as he celebrated Independence Day.

Richard Acire, a resident of Pabuga village, Atiak Sub-County in Amuru District, according to his close relatives began drinking local brew (waragi) on Monday evening as he prepared to celebrate Uganda's 56th independence anniversary which was celebrated on Tuesday October 9 in Kyotera District.

"He had Shs20, 000 on Monday and begun drinking waragi late in the evening. He never ate anything despite being told to do so. On Tuesday morning, he again seen drinking but he got too weak. We had to rush him to the health center for medical attention," one of his relatives told this reporter on condition of anonymity.

"He was telling everyone that he wanted to set a record in celebrating the independence," the relative added.

Ms Agness Lanyero, a nursing officer at Atiak Health Centre IV said Acire's death was as a result of excessive consumption of alcohol.

"We believe the alcohol he took was too much given the fact that he didn't eat anything. He died 30 minutes after he was brought here by his relatives," she added.

Ms Lanyero, however, said that they are yet to carry out a postmortem on the deceased to ascertain his exact cause of death.

Mr Wilfred Odiya Baguma, the Atiak LCIII chairperson said Acire was an alcohol addict.

"It's true that the deceased used to drink a lot, but he had a lot of problems with taking his ARVs, that could have brought in a lot of complications," Mr Baguma said.

Related deaths

On Thursday last week, a woman identified as Akello Polin, 57, a resident of Ladiema Village in Lungulu Sub County, Nwoya District died after alleged excessive consumption of alcohol.

She died while being rushed to Anaka Hospital in Anaka town council, Nwoya District.

According to a 2012 World Health Organization (WHO)) report, alcohol consumption was responsible for 3.3 million deaths worldwide.

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