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Table 7 The problem of alcohol and substance abuse/kutumia pombe na madawa ya ulevi mubaya (Uganda)

From: Exploring the mental health and psychosocial problems of Congolese refugees living in refugee settings in Rwanda and Uganda: a rapid qualitative study

Description of the problem Number of respondents
Abrupt fights at home (mapigano nyumbani) 5
Drunkards staggering (kuanguka) on the road in broad day light 3
Drinking alcohol and smoking (kuvuta) 3
Beating up children 2
Picking fights with people for no reason (kupigana na watu bila kuwa na shida nao) 2
Getting lost on the road 2
Falling on the road 2
Being dirty everyday 1
Stealing people’s property 1
Chewing marijuana and selling it (watu wanakula mairungi na kuchuruza) 1
Raping women (ubakagi wa wanawake) 1
Spending many hours in bars drinking alcohol 1
Youth have created groups for smoking marijuana 1
Increased number of bars which sell alcohol 1
Being nude in front of children 1
Hurling insults at people 1
Stealing food from gardens 1
Urinating in own trousers 1
Reeking of alcohol and marijuana 1
Perceived causes of the problem Number of respondents
Having no peace at home (kutokuwa na amani ndani ya nymba) 4
Being in bad company 4
Wanting to forget many bad thoughts (kutaka kusahau mafikiri mabaya) 4
Being jobless 3
When s/he remembers things he went through when in DRC (kama anakumbukavinavyo alipitia ndani ya DRC) 3
Loosing hope because they have no parents nor job opportunities (kukata tamaa juu hawana wazazi walakazi) 2
Seeking pleasure (kutafuta raha) 1
To replicate what youth watch in movies 1
Received little money which is no good for them and they are not happy because of the hardship in the settlement 1
Having no say in community matters and no friends (kutokuwa na neno kwa komunote wala kukua bila rafiki) 1
Lack of self-worth/respect.(ukosefu wa maana wa kibinafsi) 1
It is a learned habit (born of parents who use alcohol) (ni tabia nazaliwa na bazazi banakunywa pombe) 1
Alcohol is very cheap 1
Too many bars open during daytime 1
Effects on those with the problem and those close to them Number of respondents
When intoxicated they get into fights and are jailed 5
Poverty within families 4
Excess use may cause death 4
Separation/divorce 3
Diseases in the home 3
Rape women 2
Mental disorders (magonjwa ya kichwani) 2
Marital rape (ungono kwa kingufu) 2
Quarrels with neighbors (kusema mubaya na wajirani) 1
Motor accidents 1
Being sacked from jobs 1
Falling out with friends 1
People who drink too much lose respect (ukosefu wa heshima) of family members and other people 1
After receiving family food ration, the husband wants to sell the food to buy alcohol. This infuriates the wife who then stabs him with a knife. 1
Domestic violence (ukatiri wa nyumbani) 1
What do people currently do to address the problem Number of respondents
Arresting abusers of alcohol and other substances 7
Community health talks about alcohol and substance abuse. 5
Religious leaders preaching against alcohol and substance abuse 2
Laws are in place to prohibit the sale and consumption of alcohol by minors 2
Advising alcohol abusers to reduce alcohol intake 2
Engage people in sports so as to spend less time in bars 1
Relocating bars 1
Prohibiting children from working in bars and consuming alcohol 1
What should be done about the problem if resources were available Number of respondents
Restricting bars to open during daytime 5
To employ the alcohol abusers 4
To teach them how to drink responsibly 4
To enroll alcohol and substance abusers in self-help groups (kufanya vikumbi vya watu wanaokunywa pombe) 3
To retain children in school 1
Banning alcohol sale in towns 1
Gazette bars in residential places 1
Police to patrol bars during daytime 1
Organizing sport activities for children and youth 1
Conduct abrupt searches in bars to arrest people who employ minors 1
Proper disposable of alcohol sachets so that children don’t lick them 1
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