Western Leads In Chang’aa Consumption – Nacada Survey

    Western Kenya has emerged as the region with the highest prevalence of alcoholism in Kenya, according to a survey conducted by the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada).

    The survey found that the Western region has an alcohol consumption rate of 26.4 percent. The Coast region is a close second with a rate of 13.9 percent, while Central Kenya is third with 12.8 percent.

    Notably, Nairobi has the highest consumption of legally produced alcohol at 10.3 percent, followed by Central Kenya at 10 percent and the Eastern region at 8.4 percent.

    Western Kenya also leads in the consumption of chang’aa, a traditional homemade brew, with a rate of 11.4 percent. Nyanza follows with 6.3 percent and Rift Valley with 3.6 percent.

    The Nacada report highlights that Western Region has the highest prevalence of current use of traditional liquor at 12.9 percent, followed by Coast at 7.4 percent and Nyanza at 2.2 percent.

    Regarding drinking spirits, Central Region leads with a prevalence of 4.1 percent, followed by Coast at 3.2 percent and Rift Valley at 3.1 percent.

    The report also shows that one in eight Kenyans aged 15-65 (3,199,119 people) currently use alcohol.

    In recent years, Central Kenya has borne the brunt of alcohol abuse, with numerous cases of young men ravaged by alcoholism, resulting in family and societal challenges.

    In response, Kenya’s deputy president, Rigathi Gachgua, proposed that county-level laws be enacted to curb alcohol consumption in the region.

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