Manufacturing homemade alcohol in the city of Tshwane, South Africa

Mukhethwa Londani, Neo K. Morojele, Elmarie Nel, Charles D.H. Parry

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This study aimed to determine the prevalence of home-based manufacturing of alcoholic beverages in townships/peri-urban households and to examine whether certain characteristics (such as household, demographics and drinking behaviour of participants who reported brewing of alcohol in their homes) predicted home brewing of alcohol. The study utilized data from South African arm of International Alcohol Control study conducted in the city of Tshwane. A household survey used multi-stage stratified cluster random sampling. Homemade alcohol was defined as participants who reported home-based alcohol brewing at their homes. Stata Version 14.0 was used for analyses. Nine percent of the sample reported brewing of alcohol in their households. Race, employment of the main income earners and number of eligible members in the household have predicted home-based alcohol brewing. The study raised important questions about the prevalence of home brewing of alcohol in the city of Tshwane as it might be a common practice in other cities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-54
Number of pages12
JournalAfrican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol brewing
  • Homemade alcohol
  • South Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental Health


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