Kenyans share how alcohol addiction has affected their families

Piece by: ZENNA ISSA

•What can be the main reasons more than 50% of the people living in Kenya are taking alcohol?

and Mwalimu King'ang'i
Maina Kageni and Mwalimu King'ang'i
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In today's morning show, The fantastic duo comprising Maina and Mwalimun Kinga'ang'i had an interesting conversation regarding drugs and substance use.

The question of the day was: Do you drink and if you do how much do you drink and when did you start drinking?

Kenyans share the effects that alcohol has had on their families and lives.

He then further added that he can drink from Monday to Monday and he doesn't see anything wrong with it, he even finds people who can't stand alcohol weird.

"There weeks I drink from Monday to Monday. I don't see it as a problem. I see it as I can handle my alcohol and I normally drink with my friends and we are okay we drink a lot but don't see a problem with it."

A caller told Maina that she lost her husband to alcohol and hated alcohol all her life it ruined her family.

" Pombe ni mbaya na watu wanafaa kuacha kukunywa ikona effects mingi mbaya...I lost my marriage to alcohol. Maina hiyo kitu ni mbaya my husband died , my family ika break sai watoi wangu hawanadad alikufa. Alcohol addiction is a conversation that needs to happen hiyo kitu inaharibu watu sana. My husband lost his job and he was a pilot."

Another added;

"Maina kuna watu wakiamka asubui kama hajukunywa pombe anatatemeka. Unapata wazazi wakikunywa pombe wanawekea watoto kidogo kwa kikombe ukiuliza anasema hataki ashikwe na homa anampea kidogo... sai ata ukikunywa mtoto anataka umweke kidogo kwa kikombe."

The last caller of the day had this to say;

"My dad is an addict and he has taken alcohol since I was born, As of today he wakes up at 6 am in the morning and instead of milking a cow he is in a club. From 6 am to 10 pm, he is drunk and when he comes home he demands to eat good food. when I want to go home I have to call him so that he can be available at the house when I arrive. Miana he is over 70 and it's very bad his health has deteriorated."

The duo finished their morning show by concluding that the government should do more regarding the increase in drug intake. 

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