Alcohol Abuse Prevention

Project Objective: Decreased alcohol consumption and its related harm by 10% in the project areas by 2021.


The Alcohol project, spearheaded by IDYDC within its health department and generously supported by the IOGT NTO-Movement (Movendi), represents a crucial endeavor aimed at raising awareness about the detrimental effects of alcohol consumption and the associated health risks within communities focusing primarily on school children and community members, the project has strategically targeted key areas for intervention. In 2019, its efforts were concentrated in Ulanda ward, specifically in the localities of Kibebe, Weru, Lupalama, and Mwambao, as well as in Nzihi ward, centered around Nzihi village.


Central to the success of the Alcohol project is its Community Based Approach, a methodology recognized for its effectiveness in engaging and empowering local stakeholders. This approach hinges on the active involvement of ward and village leaders, alongside community members themselves. They are not only active participants but also crucial decision-makers in the project's initiatives. Through this collaborative effort, community members are encouraged to identify, analyze, and collectively address the challenges arising from alcohol use in their midst.


By fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility among community members, the Alcohol project not only seeks to educate but also to inspire sustainable change from within. This holistic approach ensures that interventions are not only well-informed but also resonate deeply with the local context, thereby maximizing their impact and fostering healthier, more resilient communities over the long term.



  1. Increased Awareness: Through targeted educational campaigns and community engagement efforts, the project successfully heightened awareness among community members about the detrimental effects of alcohol consumption. This included educating people about the health risks associated with alcohol use and the social impacts it can have on families and communities.


  1. Formulation of Bylaws: One of the notable achievements was the formulation and implementation of bylaws aimed at regulating alcohol production and sales. These bylaws required all alcohol producers to register with the village office. Additionally, regulations were set to control the location of alcohol production facilities based on village population density. This strategic measure helped to manage and limit the availability of alcohol within the communities.


  1. Shift in Business Focus: As a direct result of these regulations and the awareness campaigns, some women who were involved in alcohol production decided to shift their focus to other business ventures. This shift not only diversified local economic activities but also contributed to a reduction in alcohol production levels. It demonstrates a tangible change in livelihood strategies among community members, promoting healthier and more sustainable economic practices.


  1. Impact on Consumption: The concerted efforts to reduce alcohol production through regulatory measures and community education had a positive impact on alcohol consumption levels. The principle that lower production leads to lower consumption proved effective, contributing to healthier lifestyles and reduced instances of alcohol-related problems within the communities.


The Alcohol project has made significant strides in legally controlling and decreasing alcohol consumption in its targeted areas. Through the implementation of bylaws, there has been a notable reduction in the number of alcohol barrels used per day, decreasing from 8 to 3. This reduction serves as a clear indicator of reduced alcohol consumption among community members.

Moreover, the project has successfully restricted alcohol importation into the villages and implemented regulations that require local alcohol producers to operate within specified shifts based on village population. These measures have effectively curbed the availability of alcohol, contributing further to the decrease in consumption.

Monitoring activities have also revealed changes in the operating hours of local bars. Bars now open later at 3:00 pm instead of 2:00 pm and close earlier at 8:00 pm instead of 10:00 pm, aligning with the agreed-upon times stipulated in the bylaws. This adherence to regulated hours signifies a shift in community drinking norms, promoting responsible alcohol consumption practices.

Furthermore, the project has had a significant impact on school children, enhancing their knowledge of alcohol's effects and fostering informed discussions about alcohol consumption behaviors. Pre and post-questionnaire assessments have shown increased awareness among students, with a noticeable reduction in alcohol use among underage children. They now have a better understanding of what alcohol is, its different types, and how it can affect their academic performance and future aspirations.

Through targeted educational sessions in schools, students have been equipped to articulate the consequences of alcohol consumption effectively. This educational empowerment ensures that younger generations are making informed decisions regarding alcohol use, thereby promoting healthier lifestyles and safeguarding their well-being.

Overall, the Alcohol project's comprehensive approach to education, regulation, and community engagement has not only reduced alcohol consumption but also fostered a supportive environment for sustainable behavioral change within the community.