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Analyzing the impact of alcohol and addiction in Uganda by looking at legislation, class, and public awareness.

Presenters Name: 
Bezawit Bogale
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Primary Research Mentor: 
China Scherz
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9:30 - 10:15
Time of Presentation: 
2019 - 9:30am to 10:15am
Newcomb Hall Ballroom
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Grant Program Recipient: 
USOAR Program

This study looked at the aspect of problem drinking in Uganda and the ways people trying to respond to the impact that alcohol has in their day-to-day lives. The study conducted two years of ethnographic fieldwork across ranges of sites in Uganda including shrines of urban balsamic (diviners/spirit mediums), the small shops of herbalists, Catholic and Pentecostal Churches, roadside bars. In addition, it included newly founded inpatient rehabilitation centers we have encountered people whose stories of ethical transformation foreground the actions of spiritual others.  The purpose of this study is to examine non-biomedical approaches to solving problems of drinking that can contribute to the overall understanding of cultural and religious models. These models help us to understand and address problems related to substance abuse and mental health. Among the many ways this study uses to collect data, coding articles about alcohol by different sub-codes is one of them. The articles used in this study are from the Daily Monitor (Uganda independent daily newspaper). This paper looks at an in-depth analyzation of tot packs (small packs of drink), legislation, and awareness raising event. Based on a preliminary analysis of data from 2007-2010, we hypothesize that there will be a continued rise in public awareness of problems related to heavy alcohol consumption. This is considering the year 2010, where we saw huge attention given to tot packs after a local Waragi (local gin) got poisoned and killed many people. In addition, this study will analyze the impact this has on government, businessmen, and the population (based on class).