Uganda the Drunkest country on the planet

17 Dec

What!! Uganda the Drunkest country on the planet?

 The first seconds of the “documentary” The narrator, Thomas Morton, begins by declaring: “Uganda’s had a pretty good spell the last 25 years. No major civil wars, a little bit of an Ebola outbreak every so often, including right now, and they are the alcoholism capital of Africa.

 So… let’s look at this statement.

 For the last 27 years, Yoweri Museveni, has been the president of Uganda, He has just won a fourth five-year term last year.  Museveni changed the constitution to loosen term limits. The man is clinging to power.

Evidently the war between the Achioli people in the north against the government doesn’t amount to a “major civic war”, though the conflict spawned the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) , notorious for abducting and enslaving children as soldiers and sex slaves. The war  is over. Most of the 1.2 million people who had fled to relief camps are back home.  And Uganda’s key role in the two Congo Wars, the deadliest conflict since World War II, evidently doesn’t take the shine off Uganda’s “pretty good spell.”

 You will be surprised to discover that Morton’s analysis of alcohol consumption statistics are not true. He refers to a 2004 “WHO” study that, supposedly, finds “Uganda as the top contender for per capita alcohol consumption in the world, making Uganda the drunkest place on earth.” He then asserts that Ugandans have been drinking even more since 2011.

So I looked up the latest statistics from the Who. Morton is right that Ugandans drink a lot, by African standards. Average per capita alcohol consumption is 11.93 liters per capita per year. That’s not as high as in Nigeria, where per capita consumption is 12.28 liters a year… which is particularly remarkable as nearly half of Nigeria’s population is Muslim, while less than an eighth of Uganda’s population is. So Uganda is not the most drunken nation in Africa.

 Uganda compared to other western countries, Uganda is not even in the running internationally. Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, the UK and Ukraine all drink more per capita than Uganda. The most inebriated nation is Moldova, which at 18.22 liters per person per year, leaves Uganda in the dust. Uganda’s far closer to the UK, or to the US, which at 9.44 liters per capita, drinks 79% as much as Ugandans do per year.

 You can question why Morton decided to film a story on Uganda’s “Moonshine Epidemic“.  Maybe its more fun to watch village people get drunk, who really wants to watch French people drink too much wine or watch Danes get drunk in Calsberg?



9 Responses to “Uganda the Drunkest country on the planet”

  1. nwaco December 17, 2012 at 21:06 #

    Absolute rubbish and the creation of negative video stereotypes!! A career-less individual leaves his own country-US, that surpasses Uganda in imbibing liquor to reinforce African scapegoating. Does anyone notice the politicization of the issue by the narrator? The cliche here is that Africans/Ugandans are so misery and unhappy struck by miseries and bad government that they resort to binge drinking to drown their everyday worries.
    He doesn’t consider the sociology or enterprise upon which it is founded and sustained. He tries to demote it as the most insanitary place on earth. My annoyance is that any one from the West can pick up a camera write, record or publish anything in the “Help Africa” anthem, but Africans living those societies can’t take pictures of western junkies with the same enthusiasm. Those being filmed are not informed of the purpose for which their images and customary industry will be used for!…etc etc

  2. Skandik Afrik December 17, 2012 at 22:03 #

    Exploring African hospitality to their misfortune! How many days did this Thomas Morton stayed in Uganda? And is that the only positive things he can see there? I have been there and have seen many different and better attributes of Ugandans compare to other African countries.Beautiful mountain chains, green country side etc. I need to know where Thomas Morton comes from to make my comparism with facts .

  3. kabenge December 20, 2012 at 08:56 #

    Absolute rubbish and full of lies

  4. Trina December 24, 2012 at 08:34 #

    very informative!

  5. Carol December 24, 2012 at 11:33 #

    nice article. keep posting like this…

  6. mestreseo December 28, 2012 at 18:06 #

    writing is not a easy thing to do, it takes creativity and good sense, and you’ve got it!

  7. Neil Harriet January 4, 2013 at 10:05 #

    That is the way he sees Uganda.I have spend more than 10 years in Uganda but what i have seen is far different from what he has elaborated.That is pure rubbish.

  8. Jack January 4, 2013 at 20:02 #

    This is bull! I hate when people come to Africa and show untrue sides of Africa!

  9. Kisakye Hellen March 15, 2013 at 16:29 #

    Ugandans cannot afford to drink that much.

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