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Some young Nigerians say heavy drinking is fun: controls must keep pace with culture

By Emeka Dumbili, Lecturer, Nnamdi Azikiwe University
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Alcohol consumption has a long history in Nigeria, especially in the southern region, where it was not forbidden by religion. In the past, only adult men were culturally allowed to drink. It was taboo for young people to drink alcohol because it was generally believed that “drinking was a sign of being an elder”.

Alcohol served multiple societal functions in the past. It flowed during celebrations and significant events. These included chieftaincy enthronements, new yam festivals, child…

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