Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Uganda tops Africa in alcohol consumption: Beer firms use Shs10m to transport drunkards back home

1 John 2:15-17
(15) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
(16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
(17) And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.


Beer firms use Shs10m to transport drunkards


By Angella Nalwanga

Posted  Wednesday, April 3   2013 at  01:00

Beer companies spent more than Shs10 million on transporting drunken persons from night clubs and bars to their homes during the Easter holiday, a mini-survey by the Daily Monitor has learnt.
This was part of their campaign to reduce accidents caused by drunken drivers that they announced shortly before the Easter season. Recently, the police stepped up operations to arrest and charge both drunk drivers and pedestrians.

Now, the police have applauded the move but with caution. “The brewing companies that have offered to transport drunk persons are doing a very good job but they should ensure that they take these people up to their doorsteps and not just out of town because drunk drivers can still cause accidents out of town provided they are driving,” said Mr Ibin Ssenkumbi, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson.

Many people were transported in vans and taxi cabs to Kawempe, Makindye, Ntinda, Kamwokya, Kabalagala, Kiwatule and Bugolobi suburbs from several bars around the city. “We also availed drunken drivers with replacement personnel to drive their cars back home,” said Mr Fred Okiria, the administrative officer at Uganda Breweries Limited.

Mr Okiria said the pilot project, which was the first of its kind, was successful since the customers welcomed it. He added that they would continue providing transport to them, especially on weekends.

Uganda tops Africa in alcohol consumption



Posted  Saturday, March 16   2013 at  02:00

In Summary
A CNN study ranks the country 8th in the world and first on the continent in liquor intake, with home-made waragi and Ajono, toping the alcohol menu.
Ugandans consume more alcohol than counterparts in any African country, demonstrating the citizens’ abiding love for liquor, according to a survey done by US broadcaster Cable News Network (CNN).

Titled ‘World’s 10 best-drinking nations’, Uganda is ranked 8th globally ahead of Germany and Australia at positions 9 and 10, respectively. The worst drinkers in the world, according to the ranking, are British nationals who use bars to crack deals, initiate and end relationships, settle scores and overcome their “traditional reserve”.

In Uganda’s case, the study says patrons generously drink “waragi, also known as war gin because it was once used to fortify troops. Though drinking too much inevitably leads to surrender.”

“Uganda leads its African neighbours for alcohol intake, largely thanks to a rampant trade in illegally made rotgut and a winning formula of booze made from bananas,” the broadcaster noted in its study published online yesterday. The ranking offered no benchmarks or figures, making it impossible to determine how scientific or not the research was.

That notwithstanding, the report captures fairly correctly that many Ugandans, especially in the central region, offset hangover by enjoying Luwombo; a meal with saucy meat or chicken cooked in banana leaves.

Ajono, a semi-fermented beer drunk from communal pots using long straws, which is most popular among the Itesot, is another of the country’s favourite alcoholic drinks, CNN noted.

Intake of colossal amounts of potent gins and other forms of crude liquor in mostly poverty-stricken rural communities and urban slums has raised health alarm amid declining productivity by affected youth.

Uganda’s endowed mostly take beer as well in generous quantities that police recently stepped up surveillance to catch intoxicated motorists and pedestrians, arguing both present risk to themselves and other road users. Other countries in descending ranking on CNN’s ‘World’s 10 best-drinking nations’ list include China, Russia, France, Ecuador, Moldova and South Korea.