14, April 2017
Cameroon has been ranked first in the consumption of alcoholic beverage in Central and West Africa. The listing was made public following research carried out by LVnextCentury, a firm based in Paris. The ranking was obtained on the basis of the figures provided by the main brewing companies in the various countries of the continent. The biggest consumer for the entire continent is South Africa.
According to figures released by SABC, the country’s largest beer company, overall beer sales in Cameroon in 2015 was estimated at about 6,600,000 hl (660 million liters), including imports. On average, a Cameroonian consumes 36 liters of alcoholic beverage per year.
The middle and the poor, who largely constitute the Cameroonian society, are most affected by the phenomenon of alcoholism. Young people in school are not spared by the drinking phenomenon. Three quarters of the Cameroonian population devote nearly half of their income to alcohol consumption in a country where the GDP per capita is US $ 1,328.64 (2013) and in which more than 48% of the population, lives below the UN poverty line.
By Chi Prudence Asong