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The main aim of this study was to assess psychological, economic, and social impact of khat chewing among adolescents, in Nekemte town, East Welega Zone.A community based cross-sectional study was conducted from March to June 2016 using both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection. A pretested, interviewer based structured questionnaire was employed during data collection.Chewing of khat has been practiced in many countries for social, psychological and religious reasons [10, 11].In addition, other studies show khat is widely consumed for the purpose of elevating mood, happiness level, confidence, alertness, and thinking ability .The central stimulant effects of khat are similar to those of amphetamine.
A community based cross-sectional study was conducted from March to June 2016 using both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection. The total population of Nekemte town is estimated to be 100,000.
The study found the current prevalence of khat chewing practices was 48.6%.
Perceived psychological problems especially depression and anxiety were associated with khat chewing practices.
Similarly another study also reported that khat chewing practices had been associated with many of the perceived psychological impacts .
Sleeping problems were reported by 65%, 51% reported loss of appetite, and 44% reported feeling the urge to chew khat.