Tagged: East-Africa

BLOG: IOGT Prevention Conference: Kicking Off 2015 With Innovation, Inspiration

Inspiring snapshots from the IOGT Prevention Conference, held in Oslo, Norway, where IOGT members from Europe, East Africa, India and South-East Asia were exploring innovative approaches and exchanging inspiring success stories of impactful prevention work…

BLOG: Alcohol Advertising In Kenya

The weird thing about this commercial is that the Western alcohol industry tells us in Africa that “it is our time.” And at the same time they tell us: what to do with that time – using their alcohol, to make them earn profits. Apparently it’s not our time to decide ourselves how we want to use it; and that Westerners’ alcohol habits are not our role models. Apparently we in Africa need the alcohol industry to give us experiences (as you can see below)…

BLOG: Africa And Alcohol Advertising

Fuelled by alcohol marketing, alcohol is becoming a part of our lives, which wasn’t so before at all. Big Alcohol does everything it can to create a culture that glorifies alcohol and that ignores the real effects and consequences of alcohol use.
The culture in Africa was that women do not use alcohol but advertisements are putting together alcohol use and equality to delude women into taking up alcohol. New users are what Big Alcohol producers thirst for and Africa with the majority of people – especially women and youth – not using alcohol is unchartered territory and most attractive…

BLOG: Perils Of Legalising Changaa

Legalization of changaa brewing doesn’t make it less dangerous. For example, the alcohol that killed almost 100 people in Kenya in May 2014 was legal; it had the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) stamp on it. It was legally manufactured and legally sold. Yet the manufacturer, out of greed (my guess is the entrepreneurial mind at work?) adulterated it with methanol, a poison…

BLOG: Alcohol Causes Poverty

Evidence from East Africa shows: Alcohol consumers are using up a tremendous amount of their incomes – causing stagnant development as well as uneducated and therefore unproductive children leading to entrenched poverty…