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The legal drinking age in Gambia is 18, but not strictly followed because so few people consume alcohol. Drinking is prohibited by the Islamic faith, and this reflects greatly on the attitude of Gambians towards alcoholómost abstain from drinking, selling, and having it present in their compound.

Most alcoholic drinking is done by tourists and Christians; even if you donít fit into this category, as long as you arenít Muslim you wonít be looked down upon for indulging in alcohol. Box wine (as well as a variety of imported European spirits) can be had cheaply from supermarkets and local restaurants. Julbrew, locally brewed and bottled, is tasty and fairly cheap. Palm wine is an inexpensive delicacy not to be missed.

Beer and Spirits:
These are on sale in the majority of hotels or in their vicinity. They sell the popular domestic and foreign brands. Prices are not extremely high. Milk can be obtained in supermarkets, just like the most important drink: Water.

  Wonjo (Wanjo):
Wonjo juice, also called sour juice, is dark cranberry-coloured juice, made from boiling the dark red flower from the sorrel plant. Often used for ices, this juice has a very sweet taste and is especially refreshing when ice cold.
Another popular ice is called bwi which is an off-white sherbert like concoction made from the baobab.

Ginger Beer:
Such local drinks are made by mixing crushed ginger with lots of sugar and water then chilled in bottles. Do be prepared as it is pretty strong and can can have the effect of drinking a sweet juice made from hot chilies!

There are several types of herbal infusions such as attaya and kinkiliba (Combretum micranthum) whose leaves can be found sold in dry form in some local market or being sold at local tea stands in the mornings. It is often mixed with a lot of milk or drunk with sugar only (lots of it).

In Gambia Coke, Fanta, and Sprite are locally bottled by Gambega Ltd. and are very popular. If you want to take the bottle away you must leave a non-refundable deposit. This is because the bottles are sent back to the bottling factory by local retail vendors for recycling.

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