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The Chewing of Khat in Somalia

The Chewing of Khat in Somalia

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    Elmi, A.S. (1983). The Chewing of Khat in Somalia. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 8, 163-176.

    Khat chewing started at different times in different parts of Somalia. Since World War II, the prevalence of the practice has continuously increased and no social group is excluded. An epidemiological research to compare Northern and Southern regions of Somalia and to obtain a rough estimate of prevalence, definition of social characteristics of the groups of consumers, specification of the motivations, patterns of use and effects during and after consumption has been conducted. Consumers and non-consumers (7485 people) were randomly interviewed in the two regions. Khat consumption in relation to sex, age, occupation and grade of education is presented.