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Alcohol Policy Success Stories

The Stories of Change (2015)
The following stories illustrates the positive effects from raising awareness of alcohol abuse in the Cambodian population:

Stop Drinking for Health and Better Life
1. Mr. Nhen Ra in Svay Reing
Mr. Nhen Ra, age 48, He live in Svay Chek Vilage, Svay Chek Commune, Romduol District, Svay Rieng Province. His wife name's Yors Lorn, age 48 with four children. Mr. Nhen Ra before was an alcohol addicted. He expressed that before he loved drinking so much. He drank alcohol since he was 23 year old. During that time until now he always get sick. Read full story

2. Chap Hat in Pur Sat
This year 2015, Mr. Chab Hat has increased its accountability for his family and community people. He work closely with people to deal the problem happen in their community as before he was not much cared about it. He has facilitated people to join efforts to securing our village safety. People have increased respect to him. Read full story

3. Mr. Soun Yen in Battam Bong
Drinking alcohol become habit and it id simple for Cambodian neither, city or country side. Cambodian people are not understand well about any disaster which is relate to alcohol consumption and live with doubt about their health harm and many problems. They forget that alcohol consumption which they are using is the assistant that damage their health and happiness. Read full story

4. Mr. Toch Saram in Svay Rieng
Mr. Toch Saram, age 64, He live in Svay Chek commune, Romdoul district, Svay Rieng province. His wife name's Prum Saven, age 64 with five children. Mr. Saram always spent his time with alcohol. He said that before he thought drinking alcohol for relationship wiht his neighbor, but it was not true. it become habit everyday he need to drink alcohol at least two or three glasses. Read full story

The Stories of Change (2014)
The following stories illustrates the positive effects  from raising awareness of alcohol abuse in the Cambodian population:


Reducing Alcohol Consumption in Funeral Ceremonies 
After attending a community talk held by PDP with the intention of reducing alcohol related harm, Mrs Meas Chenda decreased the amount of alcohol served at her husband's funeral. The PDP program led to lower usage of alcohol at community ceremonies with people encouraging each other to reduce alcohol consumption. Read full story

Improvement of health and living conditions without alcohol
Mr. In Salai completely quit alcohol at the end of 2013. As a result, he is much stronger and healthier. In addition, he is able to work for his family during the farming season carrying out jobs such as raising chickens and ducks and growing potatoes. With an average income per day of 7,000 Riel (1.75 USD) to 25,000 Riel (6.25 USD) he is able to support his family’s living conditions.
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Harmonized family living far away from alcohol
After quitting alcohol, Mr. Chorn has become much stronger than before. His health is much better as he is less dependent on health care. His family members are happy and proud of him. He has invested more time to work for his family and is earning 30,000 Riel (7.50 USD) per day. The total income of him and his wife per day is 50,000 Riel (12.50 USD) to 60,000 Riel (15 USD). Their family's living conditions are better and more harmonious.
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Community action for alcohol reduction and prevention
Ms. Chab Siv Neang completely quit alcohol in July 2014. She told to the community members of Youth For  Development (YFD) “Now my health is much better and I am stronger to do my job.” In addition, she has been earning 15,000 riel (3.75 USD) to 20,000 riel (5 USD) per day from ironing dresses. Her children are very pleased with her, and her husband in particular, is happy with her increased involvement in the family's life. She is also very happy that her family can live together again. She continued that “I have encouraged and supported my daughter to get a higher education as well.”
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Alcohol is an obstacle for family lives and community communication
Mr. Rem Thorn, 57 years old, a farmer, living in Prey Totoeng Village, Baydamram Commune, Banorn District, Battambang Province. His wife Ms. Chhoub Savoeurng, 54 years old, is a village chief member. There are five family members including two daughters and one son. His youngest daughter is studying in 9th grade, but the other two children dropped out of school as they had to find jobs to help and support their family’s living condition.
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Quit alcohol to get a better health and become stronger
Mr. Uk Kim Oeung, 56 years old, a motor driver, living in Kbal Spean Village, Preah Ponlea Commune, Sereysouphon City, Banteay Meanchy Province. His wife is dead, he has two daughters and they are now ready for marriage. He started to drink alcohol when he was 20 years old, and he started because his neighbors looked happy when they drank alcohol and his friends and relatives always called him to drink alcohol on particularly parties and occasional days. So then he became a binge drinker.
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Alcohol destroyed our health and family's living condition
Mr. Hout Ly is 43 years old, a motor driver and village security guard, living in the happy community Sen Sok 5 Village, Khmuonh Commune, Sen Sok District, Phnom Penh Capital. He finished the 12th grade but couldn’t continue to University as his family was poor. Currently, there are 4 family members including 2 daughters. He started to drink alcohol because his friends constantly called him to drink when there was free time, parties and occasional days in the community, and he became a binge drinker. Half of the income from his driving was spent on alcohol. This problem made his wife and children unhappy.
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Women's empowerment to reduce alcohol consumption
Ms. Lorng Lai is 35 years old and his husband is Mr. Ley Savorn. There are 5 family members including 3 daughters under support. She was binge drinking; drank alcohol without food and she often made conflicts with her family members every day when she came back home. She wore the same cloths every day and did not bathe. No one in the community showed regard or respect to her. A neighbor, Ms. Sorn Seab said that “Ms. Lai often came to buy alcohol at her shop but I didn’t come closure to her because she smelled very bad.”
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Respect and accountable to family members without alcohol
Mr. Thoang Saro, 58 years old, is a farmer, currently living in Svay Prohot Vilage, Svay Chhrum District, Svay Rieng Provine. His wife is Ms. Ngoun Yoeung and she is also a farmer. His family's living condition depends on the farming. There are 5 family members including 3 children under support. Mr. Saro was a binge drinker and he had less time to work for his family. He got drunk mostly every day. He spent a lot of money on alcohol, even when he earned from 4,000 riel (1 USD) to 7,000 riel (1.75 USD) per day.
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