Side effects and health benefits of Ogogoro drink.

Ogogoro popularly called “Sapele Water”, “paraga” , “Nigerian liquor”, or “sepe” is a popular Nigerian alcoholic drink that originated originally from the Urhobos, a majority tribe from Delta state, Nigeria, West Africa. Ogogoro is a very popular spirit in Nigeria and it is used for libation to the Gods, used for socialization in partys and even part of the bride price for marriages. Ogogoro is the Nigerian version of vodka, whiskey or brandy. Ogogoro contains between 30 – 60% of alcohol. In Ghana, Ogogoro is called Akpeteshie. It is made from fermented raffia palm tree juice, distillation of palmwine and sugar cane.

Health benefits of Ogogoro drink..

Ogogoro is an alcoholic drink… and doesn’t really have breath taking benefits from the medical perspective. However, Ogogoro can be used as local hand sanitizer especially in this era of coronavirus, it is used in social gatherings, libations, has economic importance, and most importantly, ogogoro is used in the preparation of herbal concoctions called “roots”. Ogogoro drink also relieves sore throat.

Side effects of Ogogoro

Depending on how much is taken and the physical condition of the individual, ogogoro containing alcohol can cause:

  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea, running stomach, dysentery, bloody stool
  • Upset stomach
  • Headaches
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Distorted vision and hearing
  • Impaired judgment
  • Decreased perception and coordination
  • Unconsciousness
  • Anemia (loss of red blood cells)
  • Coma
  • Blackouts (memory loss, where the drinker cannot remember events that occurred while under the influence)
  • Falls
  • Wavy gaits
  • Unintentional injuries such as car crash, falls, burns, drowning
  • Intentional injuries such as firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence
  • Increased on-the-job injuries and loss of productivity
  • Increased family problems, broken relationships
  • Alcohol poisoning and toxicity
  • High blood pressure, stroke, and other heart-related diseases
  • Liver disease …alcoholic liver disease
  • Nerve damage, parasthaesia.
  • Sexual problems weak erection, low libido, ovulation problems
  • Permanent damage to the brain, brain atrophy
  • Vitamin B1 deficiency, which can lead to a disorder characterized by amnesia, apathy and disorientation
  • Stomach Ulcers, mouth ulcers
  • Gastritis (inflammation of stomach walls)
  • Malnutrition
  • Cancer of the mouth and throat
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Low blood sugar
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Immunosuppression
  • Risky sexual behaviours, sexual assault, unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
  • Blindness. In 2015, in Ondo, up to 66 persons went blind and some died following consumption of contaminated Ogogoro. Many experts believe the ogogoro was contaminated with methanol.
Side effects and health benefits of Ogogoro drink
Side effects and health benefits of Ogogoro drink. Imagine the dirty environment where Ogogoro drink gin is being produced.

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