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Wednesday, 29 April 2009


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Papa Mama

The concept of alcoholism does not exist in Cameroun. Consumption of alcohol, a poison, is regarded as the norm. If you would not or should not consume alcohol, people think there is something wrong with you. Ahidjo promoted alcohol so that he could control the people easily, but in so doing, he doomed them. One of the most patriotic things any Camerounian could do is to give up alcohol.

I have observed Camerounian groups interact outside their home country, and I am convinced that we cannot make social and progress without giving up alcohol. Someone more qualified needs to study and quantify some of the observations of community distress, family dysfunction, promiscuity and immorality. A serious alcohol free movement needs to start consisting of people who commit to stay alcohol free and to support each other. This is not about religion or being goody-goody. It is about survival.

Reex Flames

I agree definitely with Papa Mama's view. Cameroonians have incorporated alcohol into their culture alongside football and corruption. You may wonder about the miracles a bottle of beer can produce in Cameroon.

If no action is instinctively carried out, effective progress shall still be drowned in a cesspit of intoxication.

Forget about increasing the price of beer as a deterrent - people shall rise in protest. From the records, one of the reasons Cameroonians took up to the streets to protest in February was due to the hike in beer prices!


When consumed in moderation, alcohol is not evil. Once or twice a week, preferably on weekends, with some friends, out in the city, a couple of tequila shots, some beer, maybe martinis for the ladies. Moderation is key.

The problem with Cameroon, however, is that people treat alcohol as a beverage.

Papa Mama

For alcoholics, no alcohol is the only thing that works, because any alcohol escalates out of control. Alcoholics do not do alcohol in moderation. Experts say it is a kind of physical and psychological disease. In the Cameroun society, safety needs to be created for people who are endangered by any alcohol. For the rest, moderation as you describe is good.

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