Challenges of Alcoholism in the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru: A Pastoral Response


  • Moses Kipkemoi Kipkosgei The Catholic University of Eastern Africa


Alcoholism, Catholic Church and Nakuru Dioceses.


Alcohol has increasingly become a main and important drink for victory parties, weddings, birthdays, ordinations, graduation parties and home coming events. The users cite its use for celebrating the gift of life, success and of one another. The study examined and investigate the causes and the consequences of alcoholism in Nakuru. The study presented recommendations to alcoholism in the light of the teachings of the Church; this will follow biblical and Tradition. The approach to tackle alcoholism in Small Christian Communities of Nakuru will be in the context of a pastoral response. The study followed a pastoral circle method which has four moments namely insertion, social analysis, theological reflection and pastoral planning or action.  For insertion, the researcher reflected on his experience to enrich the study.  The study employed the social analysis through which the root causes of the social problem of alcoholism was discussed. The aim in this step was to go back to the root causes of the problem. Through applying theological reflection, we intended to judge the challenge of alcoholism and its impact on the people of Nakuru this will be in the light of the teachings of the Church using scripture and the tradition.  Finally, the study presents the action plan; which helped in recommending practical solutions for moral action. This lecture benefits; pastoral agents in order to help members of any Small Christian Community on the chronic phenomenon of alcoholism in Nakuru.

Keywords: Alcoholism, Catholic Church and Nakuru Dioceses.

Author Biography

Moses Kipkemoi Kipkosgei, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Postgraduate Student


Adossi, Koffissan Matthias Conflict Resolution and Transformation; A Participation Approach Africa: Perspectives for Inculturation. Makuyu: Don Bosco Printing Press, 2005.

Aered Dom Cody, “Levticus” in Reginald C. Fuller, et al., A New Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture (London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1969) 1224, 1220-1239.

Anthony Tom Horvath, et al., What Causes Alcoholism?; Making a difference in your Community Every Day, Hancock: Washington D.C. Books, 2007.

Ayisi O Eric, An Introduction to the Study of African Culture, 2nd ed., Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers, 1992.

Baur John, 2000 years of Christianity in Africa an African Church History, 2nd rev. Catechesis and Small Christian Communities, Kenya: Vipra Enterprise, 2015.

Crnkovic, A. Elaine- Roberto DelCamp, “A Systems Approach to the Treatment of Chemical Addiction”, in Contemporary Family Therapy, 20:1 (March 1998): 25–36.

Cutter G. Hillston (January 1987). “Experience and change in Al-Anon family groups: Adult children of alcoholics”, Journal of studies on alcohol, 48 (Jan 1987)): 29–32.

Danielle Garza-Michael Gonzales, The Moral and Ethical Effects of Alcohol and Drugs and Society, Toronto: Paulist Press, 2013.

Eric O.Ayisi, An Introduction to the Study of African Culture,Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers, 1992.

Gelinas Maurice, Alcoholism and You, NairobI: Paulines Publications Africa, 1990.

Gelinas, Mourice, How to Overcome Alcoholism, Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 1990.

Gunderson Gary, Deeply Woven Roots, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997.

Jellinek, E.M., The Disease Concept of Alcoholism, New Haven: Hillhouse Press, 1960.

Jim Jameson, The Protestant and Catholics: Drunken Barbarians, Indiana:University of Indiana, 2015.

John Chrysostom” Homilies on Ephesians, Homily XIX” in Palladus Albright, Fathers of the Church, Toronto:Princeton Inc,(Aug 1990):11-36

John Mary Katuramu, The Christian view on Alcohol and Drug Abuse: Causes and Treatment, Bangui: Farwing Printery, 1990.

John S. Mbiti, African Religions and Philosophy, London: Heinemann Publications, 1969.

John S. Mbiti, Introduction to African Religion, London: Heinemann Publishers, 1981.

Johnson Mihingo Jim, Assesment of Clinical the Impact of Drug Abuse in Africa Urban Dwellers, Accra: Jim and Jameson Printery, 2000.

Johnson, Vernon Ellen, “Quit Tomorrow: A Practical Guide to Alcoholism Treatment” in Trentin Journal of Psychology, 3:2 :(Jan 1990) 23-27.

Katteba Jolly P., The Challenge of Alcohol and Substance abuse in Families: What is my Role, Kisubi: Marianum Press, 2011.

Kaufman, Edward. “Family Therapy in the Treatment of Alcoholism.” In Alcoholism and Strategies for Clinical Intervention, eds., Bratter Thomas E. - Gary George New York: The Free Press, 1985.

Keller, John E., Alcoholics and their Families: A Guide for Clergy and Congregations, San Francisco: Harper Books Inc, 1991.

Keller, John E., Ministering to Alcoholics, Rev. Ed., Minneapolis: Augusburg Fortress, 1991.

Kraft, William F., The Normal Alcoholic, New York: Alba House Books, 1999.

Kunhiyop, Samuel Waje, African Christian Ethics, Nairobi; Hippo Books, 2008.

Laurenti Magesa, African Religion: The Moral Traditions of Abundant Life, Mary Knoll: Orbis Books, 1997.

MacDonnald A. John, et al., Making Sense of St Paul Teachings, Dublin: Veritatis Publications, 1978.

Magesa Laurenti, African Religion: The Moral Traditions of Abundant Life, Mary Knoll: Orbis Books Inc, 1997.

Mahgama L. Christian, Basic Bible Study, Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2008.

Makewa Patrick Maweu, Developing Youth, Nairobi; Uzima Publishing House, 2008.

Mariae Focolare, Opus Research &Documents: Suffering, Illness and Death in the Sub-Sahara Africa, Accra: Accra Printers Inc, 2012.

Mativo, Mukunzu Harrison, The Fight Against HIV and AIDS: A Call for New Approaches to Alcoholism, Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers 2010.

Maurice M. Getrude, The Incidence of Drug Abuse and Alcoholism in Families, West Minister: The New Man Press, 1977.

Mbiti S.John, Introduction to African Religion, Nairobi: Heinemann Publishers, 1981.

McCarthy Raymond, ed., Alcohol Education for Classroom and Community: A Source Book for Educators, New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1964.

Newman, Denis, One hundred years: A Growing Nation, Nakuru: St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, 2015.

Pearson Anderson, Management of Drinking Problems, Copenhagen: European Press, 1996.

Pope Paul VI, Vatican Council II, Gaudium et Spes Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (7th Dec, 1965).

Robert R. Gonzales, Jr., The Son of Man Came Drinking, Kenturcky: Reformed Baptist Seminary Press, 2010.

Ronald Lawler,et al., The Teaching of Christ on Christian Living, Dublin: Veritatis Publications, 1978.

Schoenborn, Carlos, “Exposure to Alcoholism in the Family: United States” in Advance Data and Health Statistics, 3:(30 Sept 1991): 5–13.

Skok Charles, “Church Fathers” in Michael Glazier - Monica Hellwig, The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia, Minnesota: Gill and Macmillan, (1994) 298-299.

Squeglia, L.M.- Jacobus, J.,- Tapert, S.F., “The influence of Substance use on Adolescent Brain Development, in Journal of Clinical and Neuroscience, 40: (March 2009):31–38.

Stuart Queen,- Robert W. Habenstein, - John B. Adams, ‘The Polygynous Baganda Family’’ in The Family in Various Cultures, vo.21:(1961):66-87.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Rev. Ed., Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2001.

The Catholic Enquiry Center, Drugs, Tobacco and Alcohol: Comboni Writings,London: Combon Missionaries, 2014.

The New Jerusalem Bible, Pocket Edition, Darton: Longman and Todd Ltd, 1990.

The Pontifical Commission for Pastoral Care, Church: Alcohol and Drug Abuse,Vatican: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2001.

Timothy O.J.,- Fals-Stewart William, “An Introduction to Behavioral Couples Therapy for Alcoholism”, Behavioral Therapy, 40:3 :( June 2006): 2–7.

Waruta Douglas - Hannah Kinoti, eds,. Pastoral Care in African Christianity, Nairobi: Acton Publishers.

William Neils, One Volume Bible Commentary, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1962.




How to Cite

Kipkosgei, M. K. “Challenges of Alcoholism in the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru: A Pastoral Response”. Journal of Sociology, Psychology & Religious Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, Sept. 2018, pp. 1-20,