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15 Sep, 2017

TOP-10 Alcohol-drinking Countries in Africa

TOP-10 Alcohol-drinking Countries in Africa

Alcohol consumption is Africa is high, but among the 54 nations; here are the 10 biggest alcohol-drinking countries per person aged 15 and above per annum.

10. Tanzania — 7,7 liters per year (population is 52 millions)

In Tanzania, 11% of alcohol consumption comes from beer, and only 0.2% comes from wine. Spirits accounts for 1.8% and 87% of alcohol consumption is from other types of alcohol. Tanzanians are known to make moonshine — and very traditional type of alcoholic drink. Virtually half the population live below US$1 (about N$15) per day and and the homebrews are much cheaper than formal alcohol

9. Botswana — 7,96 liters per year (population is just over 2 millions)

Among the alcohol consumption in Botswana, 42% is from the 'other' category. But its beer consumption is even higher, making up 57% of the total. This may be due to the high consumption of Botswana’s national beer, St Louis. Many opt for beer imports from nearby South Africa or Namibia instead.

8. Gabon — 9,32 liters per year (population is estimated at 1.5 millions people)

The favored alcoholic drink of choice for Gabonians is clear. While 10% and 22% of alcohol consumption in Gabon comes from wine and spirits respectively, 68% comes from beer. The cheapest and most popular beer in Gabon is Regab, costing from US$0.70 to US$2 (between N$10,62 and N$30,33), and the lack of tax on any alcoholic beverages makes it easy to import from abroad. In-fact Gabon is a dream nation for all alcohol aficionados, because it has the cheapest priced alcoholic beverages in Africa and only second to the Russian Federation in the world

7. South Africa — 9,46 liters per year (population is 56 millions)

Alcohol is a lot more expensive than in Gabon, In such a big country, it’s no surprise there’s a wider break-up of preferred beverage choice: 56% of consumption comes from beer, which is no surprise because people are little more economically sound, while 17%, 16% and 11% come from wine, spirits, and 'other' respectively. The most popular beer brands are Castle and Black Label, but the country’s extensive wine vineyards, particularly in Stellenbosch and the Western Cape, produce some of the world’s most popular wines as well.

6. Burundi — 9,47 liters per year (population is 12 millions)

Narrowly beating out South Africa, drinkers in Burundi overwhelmingly prefer 'other' drinks, which make up 81% of consumption. Beer, by comparison, makes up 19% of alcohol consumption and wine and spirits barely make a showing. The most famous drink in the Burundi is urwarwa or banana wine, produced in the traditional method and consumed most often during festivals and special occasions. Alcohol drinking in Burundi is almost like a tradition.

5. Namibia — 9,62 litres per year (population is around 2 millions)

Like its South African neighbour, Namibia has a wide breakdown of favourite drinks, but beer carries the most weight with 67% of alcohol consumption. Spirits make up 20%, wine makes up 7% and 'other' chips in at 6%. The country’s flagship beer, Windhoek Lager, is popular across the country and surrounding region.

4. Rwanda — 9,10 litres per year (population is 12 millions)

Just 8% of alcohol consumption comes from beer in Rwanda, despite the popular Turbo King, Primus and Amstel brands being widely available. The other 92% is largely from homemade drinks such as the banana beer, urgwagwa, and the fermented honey drink, ubuki. Ikigage, made from dry sorghum, is also common in Rwanda.

3. Kenya — 9,72 liters per year (population is around 50 millions)

While just 43% of Kenya’s alcohol consumption comes from beer, some of the popular beer brands in Kenya includes Tusker Lager and Tusker Premium Lager. Alcohol consumption in Kenya became so rampant that the government took steps to cub the rate. Also, in Kenya women are not left out in alcohol consumption unlike in most countries on this list, especially Nigeria. Kenyan women drink as much alcohol as men.

2. Uganda — 11,93 liters per year (population is 38 millions)

Ahead of the pack by a long shot is Uganda with 11,93 litres of alcohol consumed each year. Just 4% of consumption comes from beer and 2% from wine, with the 'other' category a resounding winner at 94% of consumption. The generic term for domestically distilled beverages in Uganda is the famous Ugandan Waragi, which contains around 42% of alcohol making it one of the most alcoholic spirits in the world. This can cover a wide variety of drinks: pombe and lubisi, or locally made banana or millet beer, tonto, a traditionally fermented drink made from bananas, banana wine, and many more.

1. Nigeria — 12,28 liters per year (182 202 000 millions)

Number one in Africa for alcohol consumption by the virtue of population which technically results in higher volume and liters consumed per year. Beer makes up just 16% of alcohol consumption in Nigeria, while 'other' drinks make up 84% due to the high popularity of home-brewed beverages. Religious lawmakers are making it more difficult and expensive to produce and sell alcohol in the country. Known as Nigeria’s home brew, ogogoro is an extremely alcoholic drink. It has 30 to 60% ethyl alcohol content, depending on how it’s made, and is produced from the juice of raffia palm trees. Some Nigerians also enjoy the famous palm wine, especially in the east of the country.

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