DRINKiQ reaching the masses

17 December 2018 | Others

The DRINKiQ training programme an initiative of Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, reached over 6 500 Namibians.

According to O&L corporate social investment (CSI) coordinator Venessa Mwiya the programme is designed to empower participants with knowledge on alcohol and the consumption thereof, and great success has been achieved since its inception in 2009.

The latest session saw 429 Namibians from the QKR Navachab gold mine undergo the training facilitated by DRINKiQ in Karibib.

Mwiya explained that the programme is a tool that encourages responsible drinking and behaviour, and a healthy attitude when consuming alcohol.

“Participants are equipped 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 alcohol consumption.”

Elizabeth Farmer of QKR Navachab gold mine said she has no doubt that the programm has already made an impact on the mindsets of everyone that has undergone the training.

She expressed the hope that after the sessions, a reduction in the positive test at the entrance gate will be achieved.

“I believe we have equipped our employees with a tool to make an informed decision. We promise to continuously raise awareness about drinking responsibly and to conduct an evaluation session early in the New Year.”

Farmer said the highlights of the sessions include ‘Behaviour change on a big night out’.

“Most employees enjoyed this section of the training and many could recognise their behavior. I also thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Unit Standard’ chapter, as well as the chapter that focused on the time aspect for the body to process the alcohol. The formula on how to calculate a standard unit, and the impact of alcohol at the workplace, personal life and the community were very relevant topics with impact.”

Mwiya emphasised that the DRINKiQ training programme also addresses behavioural change which is critical when it comes to the consumption of alcohol.

“When we change our behaviour towards alcohol and how we consume it, it is already a great start to curbing societal concerns which supports the O&L Group purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’ for all Namibians.”

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