Kava Culture (2008): Half the population of Vanuatu drink Kava root, which is fondly dubbed as the root of happiness. But deaths throughout Europe linked with this traditional South Pacific drink led to a ban.

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Kava is an intoxicating drink and is also used in traditional medicine. Yet fears over links to liver problems and death have led to bans in numerous countries. Dr. Lebot, a Kava expert, claims Kava is not addictive; ‘I cannot understand how it could be toxic’, insisting problems lie in the kava-based pill production. A local man explains ‘Since we have Kava we have less problems. Before that drinking alcohol was a problem.’

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