Uganda ranks highest in alcohol consumption globally with 19.47 litres per capita with the unrecorded alcohol consumption estimated to be 10.7 litres of pure alcohol per capita for population older than 15 years in 20041 raising Uganda’s position from the 18th least consumer of alcohol with a per capita consumption of 0.46 litres per adult 15 years and above in 19962.

In addition, the Uganda Participatory Poverty Assessment Process (UPPAP) report (2002) singled out alcohol as a major driver and maintainer of poverty especially among men3. This was affirmed by the United Nations Human Development Report (2004) which indicates that Uganda spent $ 145 million on alcohol4. These and other factors prompted Development Research and Training to carry out a study on the link between alcohol and chronic poverty in 6 districts of Uganda.

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