Alcohol is one of the most consumed substances in the world, and Africa is not left behind in the daily consumption. Among the 54 nations in the continent, we’ve narrowed the exploration to the top 10 African countries. Looking into the brands and percentage of alcohol they consume.
7.7 liters p.a. by a population of over 56 million
In Tanzania, 11% of the country’s alcohol consumption comes from beer, and only 0.2% comes from wine. Spirits account for 1.8% and 87% of alcohol consumption is from other forms of alcohol. Tanzanians are well-known to create moonshine (a very traditional kind of alcoholic drink). Approximately half the population live below US$1 per day and also the home-brews are rather more affordable than formal alcohol.
7.96 liters p.a. by a population of over 2 million
Among the alcohol consumption in Botswana, 42% is from the ‘other’ category. But its beer consumption is even higher, making up 57%. This has helped in the high consumption of Botswana’s national beer, St Louis. Nonetheless, many go for beer imports from nearby African nations or Namibia instead.
9.32 liters p.a. by a population estimated at 1.5 million people
A visit to Gabon will immediately tell you that the favored alcoholic drink of choice for Gabonese is obvious. While 10% and 22% of alcohol consumption in Gabon comes from wine and spirits respectively, 68% comes from beer. In Gabon, Regab is a fast moving beer, it is also one of the most affordable you can get in the country. costing from US$0.70 to US$2. In-fact Gabon may be a dream nation for all alcohol lovers, because the country is known to have one of the most affordable quality priced alcoholic beverages in Africa.
9.46 liters p.a. for a population of approximately 56 million
The alcohol consumption in South Africa may be a lot dearer as compared to that of Gabon. With the high number of population in the country, it’s no surprise there’s a wider break-up of preferred beverage choice: 56% of consumption comes from beer, which is not any surprise because people are little more economically conscious, while 17%, 16% and 11% come from wine, spirits, and ‘other’ respectively. the foremost popular brands are Castle and Black Label, but the country’s extensive wine vineyards, particularly in Stellenbosch and also the Western Cape, produce a number of the world’s best wines so far.
9.47 liters p.a. with a population of over 11 million
Narrowly beating South Africa, drinkers in Burundi overwhelmingly prefer ‘other’ drinks, which comes up to 81% of alcohol consumption in the country. Beer, by comparison, makes up 19% of alcohol consumption, while wine and spirits barely make the cut. The foremost famous consumed alcohol in Burundi is a local brew called Urwarwa (banana wine). Urwarwa is produced using traditional methods and consumed most frequently during festivals and special occasions.
9.62 liters p.a. with a population of over 2.4 million
Like its South African neighbor, Namibians features a wide breakdown of favorite drinks, but beer carries the foremost weight with 67% consumption. Spirits 20%, wine makes up 7% and ‘other’ chips in at 6%. The country’s flagship beer, Windhoek Lager, is not just popular within the country, but also in surrounding regions.
9.10 liters with a population of over 12 million people
Unlike most African countries, just 8% of alcohol consumption comes from beer in Rwanda, despite the favored Turbo King, Primus and Amstel brands being widely available. The other 92% is essentially from homemade drinks like the banana beer, urgwagwa, and also the fermented honey drink, ubuki. Ikigage, made of dry sorghum, is additionally common in Rwanda.
9.72 liters p.a. with a population of over 51 millions
While just 43% of Kenya’s alcohol consumption comes from beer, the leading beer brand is known to be Tusker. Alcohol consumption in Kenya became so rampant that the government took steps to cub the frequency of consumption by implementing times when alcohol can be consumed and sold. Also, in Kenya women aren’t missed in alcohol consumption unlike in most countries on this list (especially Nigeria). Kenyan women are known to sometimes drink even more than the men do.
11.93 liters p.a. with a population of over 42 million
Ahead of the pack by an extended shot is Uganda with 11.93 liters of alcohol consumed every year. Just 4% of consumption comes from beer and approximately 1% from wine. The ‘other’ category holds a convincing record at 94% consumption. The generic term for domestically distilled beverages in Uganda is the famous Ugandan Waragi, which contains around 42% of alcohol. This could cover a large style of drinks locally referred to as pombe. The list of these locally made drinks include; Lubisi, locally made banana or millet beer, tonto, a historically fermented drink made of bananas, banana wine, and lots more.
12.28 liters p.a. with a population of approximately 200 million
Number one in Africa for alcohol consumption by the virtue of population which technically ends up in higher volume and liters consumed p.a. Beer makes up just 16% of alcohol consumption in Nigeria, while ‘other’ drinks make 84% because of the high popularity of home-brewed beverages. Religious lawmakers are making it tougher and expensive to supply and sell alcohol within the country. Ogogoro is a particularly popular alcoholic drink in the country. It contains 30 to 60% ethyl alcohol content. Looking into how it’s made, it is produced from the juice of Raffia ruffia trees. Some Nigerians also enjoy the famous palm wine, especially within the east of the country.