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Alcohol Policy Success Stories 2012

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

Free from alcohol for a happier family

Ms. Vorn Sarath quit consuming alcohol in 2011. Now in 2012 she has better health and her living conditions have improved drastically. She goes to work and earns money for her family. The money she earns is spent on daily family expenses rather than alcohol, so that her children can go to school. There's no more domestic violence in the family of Ms. Vorn Sarath; they live in harmony and are happy. To read more about Ms Vorn Sarath click here.


No more alcohol in order to be a role model for his children and the people of the community

Mr. Chhuch Sun completely quit alcohol consumption in 2011. Consequently, his health has improved and he is now confident to talk to others about his past problems. He even became a community network member to raise the issue of alcohol related harms to the other people of the community and became a trainer for Elderly Association. Thus, he became a real role model for the people in Baydamram village. Moreover, he can now go to work and get an income for his family of which the living conditions have improved drastically since no more of the family income is spent on alcohol. Mr. Chhuch Sun and his family are happy and much appreciated members of their community. For more about his story click here.


Commune's Alcohol Notifications improve community well-being and create more space for democracy at the grassroots level

Disorder and insecurity have decreased after several commune councils adopted and implemented their alcohol notifications. Commune councils and relevant stakeholders joined hands to implement notifications to restrict alcohol use and relating problems, such as domestic violence, traffic accidents and fightings. It banned children younger than 15 years old to buy and drink alcohol, selling alcohol around and inside of the pagodas and schools and alcohol advertisement within a distance of 100 meters from pagodas and schools. As a consequence a lot of people transformed their drinking habits or quit drinking alcohol altogether beacause of their renewed understanding about the dangers of alcohol. Therefore the communities are now safer. Most of the people who changed their drinking habits also talked about improved health and living conditions They can now use the money they save to send their children to school and to support their families. For the rest of the story click here.


Quitting alcohol really improved my health and increased my self-esteem

“Several months ago I completely quit alcohol consumption and I now notice that I am in better health than before.” Mr. Ke Vuthy said. His weight, for example, has increased to more than 60 kg, instead of the 50 kg during his alcohol dependency. The family of Mr. Ke Vuthy also welcomes the changes he made. He can now support his family and send his children to school. Furthermore, kicking his drinking habit made Mr. Ke Vuthy earn a lot of self esteem and respect from his community. Neighbours are friendly with him and colleagues at work pay more attention to his remarks and listen to his ideas. Click here to read more about Mr. Ke Vuthy.


Business and family income improved since quitting alcohol

Mr. Touch Ngeam quit his alcohol consumption in early 2012. His health improved and he now feels stronger. He grows vegetables (green waters, cabbages and cucumbers) and fruit trees that he then sells on the market and in villages. In his free time, he operates another small business as a barber. This way he earns 15 000 riel (3.75 USD) to 25 000 riel (6.25 USD) each day. With this income, he is able to support his family, send his children to school and even save some money and his family members lives more comfortable. For more information about Mr Touch Ngeam click here.

 

No more alcohol, improved well-being and better living conditions

Mr. Puk Sareth started reducing his alcohol consumption back in 2007 and quit drinking in the beginning of 2012. “Now that I’ve completely quit drinking alcohol, I am much stronger than before,” he said. His family has become much closer and they’re happier than before. They have better living conditions now and live in harmony, without violence. After a day of farming, he spends his time growing bamboo which he uses to make baskets to sell at the market. He earns between 20 000 Riel (USD 5) and 30 000 Riel (USD7.50) now, so he has money to support his family and can pay for his children to go to school. Moreover, he can save money from his business to build a new house. For the rest of the article click here.