Factors contributing to drug abuse and alcoholism among the youths aged 12 to 17 years in Bwaise

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The study investigated the factors responsible for drug abuse in Bwaise. The main objective of the study was to find out the major types of drugs and alcohol being abused by the youth in Bwaise, The study used a descriptive research design to describe issues relating to factors contributing to drug abuse and alcoholism among the youths. The study population included the local people, community leaders and youths in the area. Simple random sampling and purposive sampling procedures were used in the study to obtain a sample of 70 respondents from the study population. Data was collected from both primary and secondary sources using questionnaires and interview guides. Data was analyzed qualitatively in themes that reflect the study objectives. The study found out that the major causes of drug abuse and alcoholism among the youths were; idleness, culture, peer influence, mass media, examination pressure and religion. These caused have attributed to effects like suicidal thoughts, mental illnesses, depression, verbal abuses, loss of weight and appetite, prolonged illnesses, fights among others. And among the drugs abused include Cannabis, tobacco, Opiates, Nicotine, Cocaine, Marijuana among others. The study therefore recommended that parents should provide enough parental guidance to their children and also encouraging them to attend youth religious camps. The government should also put strict laws regarding drug abuse and alcoholism especially to the youths below 18 years as well as taking youths practicing drug abuse and alcoholism to rehabilitation centres where they can receive counseling and guidance to reshape their lives hence becoming responsible citizens of the nation. And lastly youths should stick to God for he is the source guidance for mankind.
An under graduate thesis submitted to the school of social science in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Bachelor’s degree in Guidance and Counseling of Kampala International University
Drug abuse, Alcoholism, Youths, Bwaise