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Tradicional or local alcoholic beverages
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Many of these are produced by fermentation of seeds, grains, fruit, vegetables or from palm trees.
It seems that there is ground for the expectation that at least some home or locally made beverages are cheaper than mass or factory produced “branded” beverages. In some cases the price difference is quite significant.
This means that it is mostly the poorer segments of the society which consume these local beverages, except in the case of some culturally important beverages which might have ceremonial value.
These traditional forms of alcohol are usually poorly monitored for quality and strength, and in most countries it is possible to find examples of health consequences related to harmful impurities and adulterants.
Although more expensive, there is indication that industrially produced beverages, particularly lager-style beer, are gaining popularity in many developing countries, due perhaps to issues of prestige attached to international brands and increasing marketing efforts by multinational alcohol beverage companies.
It would seem that there may be health benefits from replacing cottage-produced with industrially-produced alcohol in terms of the purity of the product. However, these benefits should also be empirically verified, since they can easily be overstated