Informal alcohol in Malawi: Stakeholder perceptions and policy recommendations

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Through the eyes of those involved in the alcohol policy-making process in Malawi, we explored the role of informal (non-commercial) alcohol in rural communities, its harmful effects, and implications for appropriate national policy. Harms included early drinking initiation, violence, and sexual risk exposure. Informants suggested that policy should address informal alcohol's content, selling times, and easy access. Because most informal alcohol producers are women who rely upon sales for subsistence, policies must avoid limiting women's economic opportunities while protecting community health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-131
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of public health policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014


  • Africa
  • Alcohol
  • Malawi
  • informal
  • policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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