These Are The Drunkest Countries In Africa | Guess Who Number Is
Drunkest Countries In Africa

These Are The Drunkest Countries In Africa | Guess Who Number 1 Is

Africans are known for appreciating good food and drinks. Drinking alcohol is part of the larger African culture. People drink at weddings, circumcision ceremonies, burial, and at other social gatherings. Most Africans engage in drinking sprees, with many partaking locally brewed alcohol, which according to scientific analysis could be toxic.

Here are the five biggest alcohol drinking countries in Africa.


Nigeria came up at the top of the list of hardest drinking nations in the African region.Culturally, Nigerians are known to make and enjoy ‘ogogoro’ a local beer produced using the juice of raffia palm trees.

Nigerians also enjoy palm wine, which is offered as part of intent for marriage to a woman’s parents , drunk at social gatherings like weddings and in small local pubs in the villages.

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Uganda is the second country with the highest number of drinkers who are said to drink up to 11.93 liters of alcohol per person per year. Ugandans are known for their domestically produced ‘Waragi’- a name coined from the word War Gin and was commonly drunk by locals to get the courage to face the enemy at the battlefields.

Waragi contains around 42% of alcohol. At one point, Kenyans living near the Ugandan border, Malaba, had to drink beer in Uganda to escape local laws barring pubs and bars from operating until 5 pm.

Traditional fermented drinks are made from bananas, millet, and other ingredients. These drinks can be packaged or drunk from communal pots using long straws.


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Kenya is not an exception when it comes to consuming alcohol. It will surprise you how heavy some local people can drink. So big was the problem that the government introduced the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act. The new law sought to keep bars opened within a regulated time.

Random traffic police checks where motorists are required to blow into an alcoblow breathalyzer are used to reduce road carnages due to reckless driving.

Women in Kenya also drink alcohol, and sometimes as much as the men unlike in Nigeria where it is common among men.Common traditional beers which are barred by the government include chang’aa and busaa. Of course, there are renowned brands like Tusker, among others.

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This is yet another East African nation on the list, which is a worrying trend for the economic growth of the region, don’t you think?While making and drinking beer is a business in itself, overindulging in this, can cause paralysis in the economy as the young, strong people are reduced to addicts.

Many people in Rwanda, like in Uganda make homemade drinks using local ingredients such as bananas (urgwagwa), sorghum (Ikigage), and honey (ubuki).Only 8 percent of the local consumption comes from beer, while the other 92 percent is contributed by the local brew.


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