Khat: Social Harms and Legislation, a literature review

Neil Carrier, David Anderson

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


The review focused on drawing together existing evidence on the reported ‘social harms’ of khat to consumers in the UK. It also provides a commentary on the legislation brought in to control and prohibit khat in other countries. The review found a general lack of robust evidence on the link between khat use and social harms.

Social harms associated with khat remain a concern among the UK’s immigrant Somali, Yemeni and Ethiopian communities but there was little evidence of a clear causal relationship to support this view.

There is a much stronger evidence base for the medical harm associated with khat which suggests that the dangers of khat consumption are relatively low.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHome Office
Number of pages50
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2011

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