The Chang'Aa Brew

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DAYSTAR UNIVERSITY

PSYCHOLOGY (PSY 111T)
GROUP PROJECT: CHANG’AA - THE DEADLY KILLER.
PRESENTED BY: ANGELA OMONDI & KEVIN CHAVERA

CHANG’AA: THE DEADLY KILLER.
1. Introduction
Chang’aa is a popular alcoholic drink commonly found in Kenya and it was once illegal, but was recently legalized. According to online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the literal meaning of chang’aa is ‘kill me quick.’ It is a clear liquor which announces itself with a fierce burn and an after taste of soil when consumed. Chang’aa is distilled from grains like maize and sorghum. Other additives that are usually added to the drink during its preparation to make it have a more lasting effect on the drinker are the ones which make it lethal. This paper will discuss the reasons why people drink chang’aa, its effects and finally propose possible solutions to avert the effects of chang’aa drinking. 2. Reasons why people drink Chang’aa.

People drink chang’aa because of a number of reasons, which are often intertwined. According to the Kakuma News Reflector, “Belinda”, who owns a chang’aa brewery in Kakuma Refugee Camp, observes that people drink chang’aa in order to keep themselves busy and reduce the stress of life. She also notes that people who drink chang’aa are usually hopeless towards their lives. Korogocho is one of the sprawling slums in Nairobi and the ‘Grogon den’ is one place where drinkers usually assemble to have their fill. Michael is one such drinker, and he says he knows chang’aa is dangerous but it is all he can afford. He further admits that he likes to drink and needs chang’aa because he has a lot of problems. He drinks in the morning before he goes to work and when he leaves, he feels the drink has given him courage to do anything. People also drink chang’aa out of despair and hopelessness. During a parliamentary debate on Thursday, 24th June 2010 regarding The Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, a Member of Parliament, Gitobu Imanyara, remarked that on any weekend if you go to...
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