Anti-alcohol abuse program reaches out to 5,000 Namibians

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The Drinking Training Program of Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL DRINKiQ Program), which supports government’s fight against alcohol abuse and empowers participants with knowledge on consumption, has to date reached 5,000 Namibian, according an official.

Ohlthaver and List Group Corporate Social Investment Coordinator, Venessa Mwiya on Tuesday said the figures were recorded at the close of the financial year ended June 30, 2017. The program has been running in the country since 2009.

Mwiya said, the latest session saw approximately 400 more Namibians participate in the northern parts of the country which included, Oshakati and Ongwediva.

According to her, participants included members of the Namibian Police Force (NAMPOL), the Correctional facilities, and internal stakeholders who were empowered with knowledge on alcohol consumption, as well as the physical, emotional and psychological repercussions of excessive use.

Mwiya said that participants at the end of the program walk away with a better understanding of the short- and long-term effects of alcohol abuse, which thus empowers them to make smart decisions when it comes to the use of alcohol.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent at the Oluno Correctional Facility in Ondangwa, Charles Matengu who participated in the last session said the program holds great value and is confident that it has planted fruitful seeds in the minds of all participants.

According to statistics from Global Status Report, WHO, home-brewed beer is the most significant type of alcoholic and accounts for 67 percent of the total consumption in Namibia. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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