THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOLISM ON NIGERIA YOUTHS IN LAGOS STATE

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CHAPTER ONE

Alcohol use has been a part of human history since the beginning of time. Alcohol intake in traditional Nigerian civilizations was based on age and gender. It was primarily consumed in social settings by adult males. Locally produced alcoholic beverages were produced and consumed under the control of customs and traditions. Even though some communities allowed youth to imbibe alcohol, Emeka, this was typically done so in the company of adults who kept an eye on their intake (Emeka, 2013). Alcohol use was limited to religious rituals, marriage ceremonies, kingship enthronements, cultural festivals, and child naming ceremonies. It was not a regular occurrence. Adults’ excessive consumption was nonetheless restrained culturally even on these occasions. The younger tribal members would serve the elders who would drink first, leaving little wine for the latter group because the wine was not made in commercial quantities. Following the Group Changing Patterns of Alcohol Consumption in Nigeria, this tendency changed in the fifteenth century with the arrival of European slave traders and their “trade spirit.”

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