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NBL’s DRINKiQ program reaches the masses

NBL’s DRINKiQ program reaches the masses

To date, the DRINKiQ Training Program of Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – reached over 6500 Namibians. Designed to empower participants with knowledge on alcohol and the consumption thereof, the NBL DRINKiQ Program, according to the O&L Group Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Coordinator, Venessa Mwiya celebrates great success since its inception in 2009.

The latest session saw 429 more Namibians from the QKR Navachab Gold Mine undergo the training of DRINKiQ from 12 to 16 November in Karibib. Mwiya, driver of NBL’s DRINKiQ program says the tool encourage responsible drinking, behavior, 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, QKR Navachab Gold Mine: “I have no doubt that this program has already made an impact on the mindsets of everyone that has undergone the training. I am hopeful that after these sessions, we will see a reduction in the positive test at the entrance gate, and 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. My highlights of the sessions include ‘Behavior change on a big night out’ - most employees enjoyed this section of the training and many could recognize 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 and impactful topics.”

Mwiya emphasized that the DRINKiQ Training Program also addresses behavioral change which is critical when it comes to the consumption of alcohol. Mwiya: “When we change our behavior 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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