Nacada: Alcohol use in Central Kenya is second lowest

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What you need to know:

  • However, alcohol use continues to be a problem countrywide.
  • At least 6.3 million Kenyans being regular consumers.
  • Central Kenya has the second lowest rate of 8.3 per cent after the northeast with 1.4.

Central Kenya now has one of the lowest rates of alcohol consumption in the country, the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse (Nacada), says.  

A survey by the agency shows Central has a significantly low prevalence compared to Nairobi and other regions.

The use of technology played a key role in reducing alcoholism in Central Kenya even as the country sinks deeper into abuse. 

“Aggressive campaigns have led to a big drop in alcoholism in the region,” Nacada Chief Executive Victor Okioma said.

However, alcohol use continues to be a problem countrywide, with at least 6.3 million Kenyans being regular consumers.

“Alcohol is the most abused substance, with a prevalence rate of 12.2 per cent. Ten per cent of substance-related disorders are linked to liquor,” Mr Okioma said.

Central Kenya has the second lowest rate of 8.3 per cent after the northeast with 1.4.

Nairobi leads

At 18.4 per cent, Nairobi leads in alcohol-related disorders, followed by Western at 13.1 per cent while Eastern stands at 10.6.

Central Regional Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga hailed the use of drones for the gains made in the war against illicit alcohol.

“The technology enabled us to survey many areas and find production and consumption dens on the banks of River Chania,” Mr Nyagwanga said.

Consumption in rural Kenya has been on the rise, with a prevalence rate of 29.6 per cent compared to 31.7 in urban centres.

The government in 2015 ordered a crackdown on alcoholism, leading to the destruction of illicit liquor premises.


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