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Alcohol Policy Success Stories 2013

The following stories illustrates the positive effects from raising awareness of alcohol abuse in the Cambodian population.


Better health and living, no more alcohol in the family

In May 2013, Mr. Load You settled into a new house with his family after he completely quit his alcohol consumption. He is now in better health than before and can earn money to improve his family’s living conditions. Per day he earns at least 15 000 riels (3.75USD) to 20 000 riels (5USD), some days up to 25 000 riels (6.25USD). His family life has improved a lot, because most of his income is now saved to support his children's schooling and for other expenses. His wife and children are very happy with his decision. Arguments and domestic violence no longer occur in his family and they can now talk to each other without fear. Click here to read the rest of his story.


No alcohol, no domestic violence, family happiness

Mr. Meas Phan reduced his alcohol consumption in March 2013 and completely quit in May 2013. He stopped being violent to his wife and children and arguing and cursing with the neighbours. His family members and relatives really appreciate his decision to stop drinking, because he is the head of the house and a model for his children. The family’s communication improved and there is no more trouble with the neighbours. Furthermore, he now has more energy and is stronger. He has a lot of time to work on the farm and after farming, he makes baskets to sell in the community and markets. He earns 7 000 riels (1.75 USD) to 15 000 riels (3.75USD) per day. Because of this increase in income, his family's living conditions have improved. To read the rest of his story, click here.


Quitting alcohol for family's communication and increased livelihood

Mr. Ann In completely quit drinking alcohol in April 2013. His wife has now come to live with him again. He stopped using domestic violence and now has a close relationship and good communication with his family. He earned and saved some money and bought a new 14 inch television set for his family, wich cost 32USD. The neighbours are friendlier to him and to his family members than they were before. His family now lives more comfortable and are happier. Moreover, he encouraged two friends to reduce their alcohol consumption as well. To finish reading Mr Ann In's story, click here.


Alcohol issue put in Chek commune development plan as part of the 'Project on Equity of Commune Development'

The Chek commune council has put the alcohol issue into the commune development plan, thereby allocating it an annual budget. On August 6th, 2013, the chief of the commune council and chief of the committee of women and children budgeted 1 800 000 riel (450 USD) to raise awareness about the harmful effects of alcohol use. Mr. Nhoem Saem, chief of the Chek commune, said that “this budget is part of the 'Project on Equity of Commune Development' (which includes pre-school, health, sanitation, gender equality, and child protection)”. Already back in 2011, the community was safer and more secure after the commune council adopted a 1 900 000 (475 UD) project to educate people on community wellbeing and on the negative impact of alcohol consumption. For the rest of the action plan, click here.


Family harmony and happiness by staying away from alcohol

After quitting consuming alcohol, Mr. Tit Sokha now has better health and enough time to work to support his family. He raises chickens, ducks and pigs and grows wooden potatoes and many different kinds of fruit trees. Per month he now earns 150 000 riel (37.50USD) to 250 000 riel (62.50USD) to support his family. His children are very proud of him and they're appreciative of the fact that all the family income is now saved for the family only, and not for buying alcohol. Their family is now in harmony and has a good relationship with others in the community. For more information about Mr Tit Sokha, please click here.


No more alcohol, increased family income to support children's studies

After succeeding in quitting alcohol, Mr. Moeun Sam Art now has enough income to support his children’s studies and his family's day-to-day life. He is in better health than before and presently supports one son studying at Build Bright University (BBU) in Phnom Penh Capital and another studying in the USA. He now earns 20 000 riel (5USD) to 30 000 riel (7.50USD) per day, averaging about 1 000 000 riel (250USD) per month. Moreover, his wife earns 50 000 riel (12.50USD) to 60 000 riel (15USD) per day. The income from him and his wife now totals about 1 500 000 riel (375USD) per month. This money is saved to support their children's studies and their family expenses. His family members are very happy and they are proud of his decision to stay away from alcohol and take responsibility for the family. Their living situation has improved and the family lives in harmony. Click here for the rest of Mr Moeun Sam Art's story.