A new survey by the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) shows that Western Kenya region leads in the nationwide consumption of chang’aa.
The report released last month shows that the use of chang’aa is most prevalent in Western, followed by Nyanza then Rift Valley region. Traditional liquor use on the other hand is highest in Western followed by the Coast region and the Nyanza region.
The Central region leads in the consumption of potable spirits, while Nairobi County leads in the consumption of legally-made alcohol, then the Central region comes second in the category. NACADA noted a serious and growing problem of alcohol and drug abuse which it said needs to be addressed.
The situation has been made worse due to the growing problem of drug abuse in our schools. Overall in Kenya alcohol has been found to be the most abused drug then followed by tobacco, khat, cannabis, prescription drugs, heroin and cocaine.
By, Martha Biginga