Uganda: 61% Started Alcohol Use Before Age 18

According to a survey by the Uganda Alcohol Policy Alliance (UAPA) 61% of the population that uses alcohol started use before 18 years of age.
According to the survey, peer pressure, wanting to test alcohol and stress are leading minors to take up alcohol use. Results also reveal that 31% of those who use alcohol started before they were 14 years old.
These statistics are worrying given that it means 27 million Ugandans are at an increased risk of suffering alcohol-related consequences. Evidence shows that the earlier someone starts using alcohol, the higher is the probability that they develop alcohol problems, such as addiction or chronic diseases, later on in life…