Do you know there are dangerous drinks that exist in Lagos,
Nigeria that you might be aware of and yet still take. Although it is
compulsory that drinking water to satisfy thirst is part of human habit
especially after a meal is consumed or eating. Some drink alcohol while
others take beverages or wine.
No matter what kind of drink is taken into the body, we must be
careful to know whether such is dangerous to the health. A recent
research showed that drinks that are dangerous to health are consumed by
Nigerians but mostly Lagosians.
Below is a list of 5 most dangerous drinks consumed in Lagos, Nigeria that are harmful to the health
1. Pure Water
You might be wondering why the most popular packaged water in Nigeria
is topping the list. This is simply because it doesn’t meets all the
hygienic standards for water to be considered pure. It is known to all
that pure water or the Lagos sachet water sells for N10 and is the
fastest selling product in Nigeria especially in Lagos and generates
millions of Naira if not billions in the whole country.
What makes pure water dangerous to the health is not even the
packaging per say but the places where they have been packaged. Believe
you me, if you visit factories where these sachet water are packaged,
you will decide never to drink such again.
No wonder analyst suggest that those who drink such have greater
chances to contact typhoid. Most reported cases of typhoid in Nigeria
are as a result of people drinking unclean water. The government should
step up its efforts to providing clean and accessible water to its
citizens while checking the excesses of these factories that produce
pure water in Nigeria.
This is popular among Lagosians. It is made by mixing locally made
gin with an unknown kind of herbs and roots. The myth among people is
that it is rumored to cure diseases of different kinds. And since it has
been used since time memorial, people has fallen for this dangerous
drink consumed by Lagosians in Nigeria because of the unproven medicinal
importance attached to it.
One may need to known that no one can tell the source of the type of
local gin, and science has not yet ascertained the kind or type of roots
and herbs used to prepare “opa-eyin”. Infact, medical research has
proven time and time again that herbs work but when not administered at
the right doze can be detrimental to those who take it.
It is no surprise that codeine falls third in this list of 5 most
dangerous drinks consumed in Lagos. This type of drink is popular among
the youths in Lagos and it is contained in cough syrup sold in local
drug stores. It comes as no surprise on why cough syrup prices on the
shelves of these pharmaceutical stores has increased, well it might be
connected to the high intake of codeine by the youths around. The
chemical codeine is known to cause one to sleep especially when one
suffers from insomnia.
This is one of the most deadly drinks to take because monkey-tail is a
blend of the locally made gin and Indian hemp or cannabis also known as
igbo. It is shocking to see many people wasting their lives on taking
this kind of drink which according to medical experts can make one get
high and causes mental problems.
It also destroys the internal organs of the body.
Finally on our list of 5 most dangerous drinks consumed in Lagos,
Nigeria that are harmful to the health is skooshes. This drink is made
from Zobo but mixed with dangerous substances like local rum, cannabis,
and codeine. Funny enough, this drink is still served at popular bars in
eye catching packages at drink spot and posh bars across Lagos
metropolis and also in top cities around Nigeria.
With the above listed mixture, I need not write much how dangerously
deadly if I may use the word on how such a concoction can be and the
hazard it causes to the health.
Although, the Federal Government in its effort to curb the production of
these dangerous drinks in Lagos has established an agencies to oversee
the stop of the production of these deadly drinks like NDLEA, NAFDAC, etc. The trend has not reduced a bit especially now that the economy is not stable.
We put out this information on dangerous drinks consumed in Lagos and
in Nigeria as whole to notify people on the health implications of
these drinks so as to avoid them and report any one found producing them
to the appropriate authorities if caught.