Is Africa The Next Beer Frontier?

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The Drinks Business has a summary of a new report, Beer on the Frontier: Opportunities for Brewers in the African Continent, in which Rabobank analysts conclude that Africa is poised to be the next big market for beer in the coming years, as populations and, hopefully, standards of living improve.

I was talking with Chris Swersey (competition manager of the judging for GABF and the World Beer Cup) recently about worldwide beer competitions. As far as we could conclude, Africa is the only continent (excluding Antarctica) without a big commercial beer event with judging. With Rabobank predicting that it will “become the world’s next fastest growing market for beer,” perhaps that will change.

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Libya Beer

libya
Today in 1951, Libya gained their Independence from Italy under UN trusteeship.

Libya
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Libya Breweries

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.00%

libya

  • Full Name: Libya (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)
  • Location: Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Egypt and Tunisia
  • Government Type: Operates under a transitional government
  • Language: Arabic (official), Italian, English (all widely understood in the major cities); Berber (Nafusi, Ghadamis, Suknah, Awjilah, Tamasheq)
  • Religion(s): Sunni Muslim (official) 97%, other 3%
  • Capital: Tripoli (Tarabulus)
  • Population: 5,613,380; 109th
  • Area: 1,759,540 sq km, 17th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly larger than Alaska
  • National Food: Libyan Pepper Pot
  • National Symbol: Pomegranate; Hawk; Star and crescent (1951–69 and since Libyan civil war)
  • Affiliations: UN, African Union, Arab League
  • Independence: From UN trusteeship, December 24, 1951

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  • Alcohol Legal: No
  • Minimum Drinking Age: Total Ban
  • BAC: 0.00%
  • Number of Breweries: 2

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  • How to Say “Beer”: beereh (biræ)/ جعة / شراب من الشعير / جعة / المزر شراب نوع من الجعة / بيرة
  • How to Order a Beer: Waheed beera, meen fadleek
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Bismilah / Fi schettak or Fisehatak (“to your health”) / في صحتك
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: N/A
  • Wine: N/A
  • Spirits: N/A

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 0.01
  • Unrecorded: 0.10
  • Total: 0.11
  • Beer: 0.00

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 0.01 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: No
  • Minimum Age: Illegal
  • Sales Restrictions: N/A
  • Advertising Restrictions: N/A
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: N/A

Patterns of Drinking Score: N/A

Prohibition: None

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Kenya Beer

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Today in 1963, Kenya gained their Independence from the United Kingdom.

Kenya
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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.08%

kenya

  • Full Name: Republic of Kenya
  • Location: Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Language: English (official), Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages
  • Religion(s): Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, Muslim 10%, indigenous beliefs 10%, other 2%
  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Population: 43,013,341; 31st
  • Area: 580,367 sq km, 49th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly more than twice the size of Nevada
  • National Food: Nyama choma
  • National Symbol: Masai shield and spears
  • Affiliations: UN, African Union, Commonwealth
  • Independence: From the UK, December 12, 1963

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18
  • BAC: 0.08%
  • Number of Breweries: 6

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  • How to Say “Beer”: beer
  • How to Order a Beer: one beer, please
  • How to Say “Cheers”: cheers
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 44%
  • Wine: 1%
  • Spirits: 27%
  • Other: 28%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 1.64
  • Unrecorded: 2.50
  • Total: 4.14
  • Beer: 0.84

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 1.6 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Time, location, specific events, intoxicated persons, petrol stations
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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Tanzania Beer

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Today in 1961, Tanzania (then Tanganyika) gained their Independence from the United Kingdom. On December 19, 1963, Zanzibar also gained its independence from the UK. On April 26, 1964, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania, which is celebrated as Union Day.

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Tanzania Breweries

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05%

tanzania

  • Full Name: United Republic of Tanzania
  • Location: Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Kenya and Mozambique
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Language: Kiswahili or Swahili (official), Kiunguja (name for Swahili in Zanzibar), English (official, primary language of commerce, administration, and higher education), Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar), many local languages [Note: Kiswahili (Swahili) is the mother tongue of the Bantu people living in Zanzibar and nearby coastal Tanzania; although Kiswahili is Bantu in structure and origin, its vocabulary draws on a variety of sources including Arabic and English; it has become the lingua franca of central and eastern Africa; the first language of most people is one of the local languages]
  • Religion(s): Mainland: Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 35%; Zanzibar: more than 99% Muslim
  • Capital: Dodoma
  • Population: 46,912,768; 28th
  • Area: 947,300 sq km, 31st
  • Comparative Area: Slightly larger than twice the size of California
  • National Food: Ugali
  • National Symbols: Peacock; African Blackwood; Uhuru (Freedom) torch
  • Affiliations: UN, African Union, Commonwealth
  • Independence: Tanganyika became independent on December 9, 1961 (from UK-administered UN trusteeship); Zanzibar became independent on December 19, 1963 (from UK); Tanganyika united with Zanzibar on April 26, 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar (celebrated as Union Day); renamed United Republic of Tanzania on 29 October 1964.

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18
  • BAC: 0.08%
  • Number of Breweries: 7

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  • How to Say “Beer”: bia, pombe
  • How to Order a Beer: Moja pombe, tafadhali
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Afya / Maisha marefu (“good life”) / Vifijo
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 11%
  • Wine: <1%
  • Spirits: 3%
  • Other: 86%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 4.75
  • Unrecorded: 2.00
  • Total: 6.75
  • Beer: 0.57

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 4.8 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 21
  • Sales Restrictions: Hours, location
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Yes

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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Mauritania Beer

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Today in 1960, Mauritania gained their Independence from France.

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Mauritania Breweries

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.00% Zero Tolerance

Mauritania

  • Full Name: Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  • Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Senegal and Western Sahara
  • Government Type: Military Junta
  • Language: Arabic (official and national), Pulaar, Soninke, Wolof (all national languages), French, Hassaniya
  • Religion(s): Muslim (official) 100%
  • Capital: Nouakchott
  • Population: 3,359,185; 133th
  • Area: 1,030,700 sq km, 29th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly larger than three times the size of New Mexico
  • National Food: Thieboudiene
  • National Symbol: Star and crescent
  • Affiliations: UN, African Union, Arab League
  • Independence: From France, November 28, 1960

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  • Alcohol Legal: No
  • Minimum Drinking Age: Total Ban
  • BAC: 0.00%
  • Number of Breweries: 0

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  • How to Say “Beer”: beereh (biræ) / جعة / شراب من الشعير / جعة / المزر شراب نوع من الجعة / بيرة
  • How to Order a Beer: Waheed beera, meen fadleek
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Bismilah / Fi schettak or Fisehatak (“to your health”) / في صحتك
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: <1%
  • Wine: <1%
  • Spirits: 100%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 0.01
  • Unrecorded: 0.10
  • Total: 0.11
  • Beer: 0.00

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 0 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: No
  • Minimum Age: Total Ban
  • Sales Restrictions: Total Bann
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Yes

Patterns of Drinking Score: 2

Prohibition: None

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Morocco Beer

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Today in 1956, Morocco celebrated their Independence from France and Spain.

Morocco
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Morocco Breweries

Morocco Brewery Guides

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.00%

morocco

  • Full Name: Kingdom of Morocco
  • Location: Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Western Sahara
  • Government Type: Constitutional monarchy
  • Language: Arabic (official), Berber languages (Tamazight (official), Tachelhit, Tarifit), French (often the language of business, government, and diplomacy)
  • Religion(s): Muslim 99% (official), Christian 1%, Jewish about 6,000
  • Capital: Rabat
  • Population: 32,309,239; 38th
  • Area: 446,550 sq km, 58th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly larger than California
  • National Food: Couscous, Tagine, Pastilla
  • National Symbols: Pentagram; Lion
  • Affiliations: UN, Arab League
  • Independence: From France, March 2, 1956; From Spain, April 7, 1956 /

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: None (to drink); 16 (to buy)
  • BAC: 0.00%
  • Number of Breweries: 6

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  • How to Say “Beer”: beereh (biræ) / جعة / شراب من الشعير / جعة / المزر شراب نوع من الجعة / بيرة
  • How to Order a Beer: Waheed beera, meen fadleek
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Bismilah / Fi schettak or Fisehatak (“to your health”) / في صحتك
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 50%
  • Wine: 37%
  • Spirits: 13%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 0.46
  • Unrecorded: 1.00
  • Total: 1.46
  • Beer: 0.23

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 0.46 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: N/A
  • Minimum Age: 20
  • Sales Restrictions: Time, location, specific events, petrol stations
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: 2

Prohibition: None

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Angola Beer

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Today in 1975, Angola gained their Independence from Portugal.

Angola
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Angola Breweries

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC No Limit

Angola

  • Full Name: Republic of Angola
  • Location: Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Namibia and Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Government Type: Republic; multiparty presidential regime
  • Language: Portuguese (official), Bantu and other African languages
  • Religion(s): Indigenous beliefs 47%, Roman Catholic 38%, Protestant 15%
  • Capital: Luanda
  • Population: 18,056,072; 59th
  • Area: 1,246,700 sq km, 23rd
  • Comparative Area: Slightly less than twice the size of Texas
  • National Food: Muamba de galinha
  • National Symbol: Sable Antelope
  • Affiliations: UN, African Union
  • Independence: From Portugal, November 11, 1975

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18
  • BAC: 0.10%
  • Number of Breweries: 8

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  • How to Say “Beer”: cerveja
  • How to Order a Beer: Uma cerveja, por favor
  • How to Say “Cheers”: A sua saúde / Saúde (“to your health”)
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 38%
  • Wine: 29%
  • Spirits: 24%
  • Other: 9%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 3.80
  • Unrecorded: 1.60
  • Total: 5.40
  • Beer: 1.81

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 3.8 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Increase
  • Excise Taxes: No
  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Sales Restrictions: No
  • Advertising Restrictions: No
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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Zambia Beer

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Today in 1964, Zambia gained their Independence from the United Kingdom.

Zambia
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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.08%

zambia

  • Full Name: Republic of Zambia
  • Location: Southern Africa, east of Angola, south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Language: Bemba (official) 30.1%, Nyanja (official) 10.7%, Tonga (official) 10.6%, Lozi (official) 5.7%, Chewa 4.9%, Nsenga 3.4%, Tumbuka 2.5%, Lunda (official) 2.2%, Kaonde (official) 2%, Lala 2%, Luvale (official) 1.7%, English (official) 1.7%, other 22.5%
  • Religion(s): Christian 50%-75%, Muslim and Hindu 24%-49%, indigenous beliefs 1%
  • Capital: Lusaka
  • Population: 13,817,479; 70th
  • Area: 752,618 sq km, 39th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly larger than Texas
  • National Food: Nshima
  • National Symbol: African Fish Eagle
  • Affiliations: UN, African Union, Commonwealth
  • Independence: From the UK, October 24, 1964

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18
  • BAC: 0.08%
  • Number of Breweries: 4

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  • How to Say “Beer”: pia
  • How to Order a Beer: N/A
  • How to Say “Cheers”: twalumba / Ofa atu
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 18%
  • Wine: <1%
  • Spirits: 12%
  • Other: 70%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 2.35
  • Unrecorded: 1.50
  • Total: 3.85
  • Beer: 0.42

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 2.4 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Places, location
  • Advertising Restrictions: No
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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Equatorial Guinea Beer

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Today in 1968, Equatorial Guinea gained their Independence from Spain.

Equatorial Guinea
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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.00%

equatorial-guinea

  • Full Name: Republic of Equatorial Guinea
  • Location: Central Africa, bordering the Bight of Biafra, between Cameroon and Gabon
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Language: Spanish (official) 67.6%, other (includes French (official), Fang, Bubi) 32.4%
  • Religion(s): Nominally Christian and predominantly Roman Catholic, Pagan practices
  • Capital: Malabo
  • Population: 685,991; 166th
  • Area: 28,051 sq km, 146th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Maryland
  • National Food: Succotash
  • National Symbol: Bombax, Silk Cotton Tree
  • Affiliations: UN, African Union
  • Independence: From Spain, October 12, 1968

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: None
  • BAC: 0.00%
  • Number of Breweries: 1

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  • How to Say “Beer”: cerveza
  • How to Order a Beer: Una cerveza, por favor
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Salud
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 10%
  • Wine: 90%
  • Spirits: <1%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 5.31
  • Unrecorded: 0.77
  • Total: 6.08
  • Beer: 0.45

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 5.3 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Inconclusive
  • Excise Taxes: No
  • Minimum Age: None
  • Sales Restrictions: No
  • Advertising Restrictions: No
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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Uganda Beer

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Today in 1962, Uganda gained their Independence from the United Kingdom.

Uganda
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Uganda Breweries

Uganda Brewery Guides

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.08%

uganda

  • Full Name: Republic of Uganda
  • Location: East-Central Africa, west of Kenya, east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Language: English (official national language, taught in grade schools, used in courts of law and by most newspapers and some radio broadcasts), Ganda or Luganda (most widely used of the Niger-Congo languages, preferred for native language publications in the capital and may be taught in school), other Niger-Congo languages, Nilo-Saharan languages, Swahili, Arabic
  • Religion(s): Roman Catholic 41.9%, Protestant 42% (Anglican 35.9%, Pentecostal 4.6%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1.5%), Muslim 12.1%, other 3.1%, none 0.9%
  • Capital: Kampala
  • Population: 33,640,833; 37th
  • Area: 241,038 sq km, 81st
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Oregon
  • National Food: Matoke
  • National Symbol: Grey Crowned Crane
  • Affiliations: UN, African Union, Commonwealth
  • Independence: From the UK, October 8, 1962

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18
  • BAC: 0.08%
  • Number of Breweries: 6

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  • How to Say “Beer”: beer
  • How to Order a Beer: One beer, please
  • How to Say “Cheers”: cheers
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 4%
  • Wine: <1%
  • Spirits: 2%
  • Other: 94%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 10.91
  • Unrecorded: 1.00
  • Total: 11.91
  • Beer: 2.05

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 10.9 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Hours, places, intoxicated persons
  • Advertising Restrictions: No
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: N/A

Prohibition: None

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