Africa’s Moonshine Epidemic

Ugandans are the hardest drinking Africans in the motherland, both in terms of per capita consumption and the hooch they choose to chug. Waregi, or “war gin,” is what they call the local moonshine, and it makes the harshest Appalachian rotgut taste like freaking Bailey’s.

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  • Greg

    Love vice.

  • Buzz

    At first I was like “oh cool these are tribal people with an alcohol problem, maybe theyll be ok. The they beat the shit out of the goat before they killed it and I thought “oh yah, I remember now, these are the same people who gave the world gangster rap, fuck em”.

    • tim

      And then I was like, oh yeah, all black people share the same culture everywhere, even when they are separated by an ocean. You’re a fucking idiot. I bet you liked the host too, didn’t you?

    • Ophelia

      Yeah, I have to say that I’m pretty sure we brought gangster rap on ourselves… because you know, the Ugandan’s don’t roll on 20’s or are packin’. Those are American things. Although I’m pretty sure they’ve had to use their AK.

  • jermboy25

    Cant quite see the correlation between poor Ugandan rural people and gangster rap, Sounds like you need a shot of Waregi to open your eyes to the reality of being poor in a 3rd world country. Good doc. Vice rocks

  • Al Smith

    DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • GB – From Uganda

      Discussing but its pretty accurate. Good doc.

  • DieHipster.

    Skinny hipster douchebag. Talking about drinking after work. He hasn’t worked a day in his life.

    • Real one

      Seems as if you’re jealous. At least he has the guts to go out there and be part of a team that is providing an insight into other cultures, and be brave enough to dive into the local way of life, unlike you who is sitting your luxury home, sheltered by the fakeness that dictates you’re sorry existence.

      • Ophelia

        And it sounds like you’re jealous of the posters luxury home.

    • Jimminy Willickers

      Agreed. His uber hipster persona was extremely off-putting, couldn’t watch the whole thing, stopped at “You mind if I kill this real quick” in regards to finishing the banana juice. Dude, your Hipsteritis is lost on these native folk.

  • Babes

    Every living thing was drunk in this video except the dog. Oh, and the brewer lady was sober.

  • peach

    vice always has terrible journalism. good topic, could have been a good documentary

  • Anonymous

    Lol going blind…do they know you have to throw out the first bottle?

  • Johhny C

    Vice Journalism: Put hipster in a foreign place and watch them look awkward.

  • Autonymous

    This doc offers a decent picture of Ugandan rural life, that said – the documentary is kind of shitty. Nothing I havent already seen in just about every documentary about Africa or some other third world country on NGC or back in the day when the Discovery Channel wasnt following the MTV example or “real life” programming.

    They talk about people going blind and they dont even explain why the people go blind (I know why, but still, most people dont know).

    I found Vice docu’s usually kind of fun and interesting and even if they obviously do it from a selfisch perspective, I still think that they do an alright job at it, this on the other hand is not an alright job, its a barely-ok-job.

    Fun to watch if you absolutely have nothing to do for half an hour but I would recommend other Vice’s first (http://documentaryheaven.com/?s=vice).

  • http://www.facebook.com/eltolley Eric Tolley

    How do I get this guys job?

  • Illimvra

    Why the fuck do people always act all victimized? All he did was go there, sample the drink, compare them to other people in history, and have fellowship.

    Y’all act like he went there and left then talked all shit; the only time he did say anything negative was because he was comparing the city to the village; the city was a lot dirtier with industrial ingredients caked up all over the place.

    Honestly, this shit looks better than America to me, they sit around and share laughs all damned day. There, they go to work, drink Waregi, then pass out, in America, we go to work, come home, then stress over how shitty life is.

  • Ophelia

    Uganda: Birthplace of 99 Bananas.

  • Ophelia

    Also, now I understand African birthrate. Who doesn’t like to get drunk and f*ck?

  • Shawkins

    I can’t get over what a hipster douchebag this guy is. It totally ruined this documentary for me and I am only 8:40 in.

  • SG

    Alcoholism/addiction is the same no matter where in the world you go…passed out on the ground…..the right of passage into adulthood…. the cultural acceptance and/or ignorance is not just something third world countries suffer from. Fatal disease that knows no boundaries. thanks for the report.
    G.S.

  • Fiala

    This documentary was more about life in parts of Uganda. It didn’t address the “moonshine epidemic” at all. It was more like a guided tour by a guy afraid to ask real questions.