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NBL remains committed to curb alcohol abuse

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The DRINKiQ training program of Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – has closed off the Breweries’ financial year that ended on 30 June 2016 on a positive note while the team continues to celebrate the successes of this program with a good start to the new financial year. From July 2015 to June this year, 1200 people participated in the program. This brings the total participants to 3600 since the inception of the DRINKiQ program.

According to the O&L Group Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Coordinator, Venessa Mwiya, 143 participants from the Ministry of Safety and Security’s Correctional Services department at Mariental took part in the programme last week: “We continue our journey with NBL’s DRINKiQ program as contribution to curbing the effects of harmful drinking that is seen on a daily basis in society. The DRINKiQ program empowers participants to make informed and responsible decisions when consuming alcohol.”

Assistant Commissioner at the Hardap Correctional Facility, and also Chairperson of the Wellness Committee, Boitumelo Totwe said the training was exceptionally informative as it is not only aimed to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol but also to educate participants about the correct usage of alcohol which is an issue rarely addressed. Totwe: “The response from the participants were particularly well as the groups were eager to participate and ask questions. The style and mode of training by the facilitators which included high energy levels and interesting practical examples kept the participants intrigued. The final group particularly felt much accommodated and therefore praised the trainers, as it was a group of correctional officers who were not proficient in English, however the trainers were flexible enough to train them in their vernacular. This initiative taken by Namibia Breweries is truly commendable as it cares about its consumers by promoting responsible usage of their products. The committee would highly recommend the services to other institutions to promote responsible drinking.”

Wellness committee member, and registered nurse at the Hardap Correctional Facility, Gerhard Mbudhi said the program is an eye opener to all people, whether you use alcohol or not. Mdudhi: “The information given is vital and the facilitators use real life examples that people can relate to. The programme addresses issues of most importance, i.e. how a standard unit drink looks like and the impact of alcohol on the body. It is now up to us to take the information and use it and also share with other officers, families and friends who have not received such information. We appreciate the programme and we are looking forward to work together again in the future.”

Mwiya continued to emphasize that the DRINKiQ program is not only in place to educate NBL or O&L employees, but that the program welcomes interested participants even outside the O&L Group. Since its inception, the DRINKiQ program has seen people from all sectors participate, including the corporate and private sector, as well as government institutions. Mwiya: “We eventually want to take this program to all 14 regions in Namibia and I am excited to see that we are moving closer to achieving this vision. So far we have facilitated sessions in the Khomas, Karas, Erongo, and Otjozondjupa regions.”

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