Intervention Group for Alcohol Misuse (IGAM) Seminar

Project Intervention Group for Alcohol Misuse (IGAM) Seminar
Objectives

• To be a support group in creating awareness on alcohol-related problems • To provide avenue and support for those with alcohol-related problems • To do early intervention programme to prevent damage due to alcohol misuse affecting social and emotional development of children • To do research on alcohol-related issues in Sabah

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Activities

A seminar covering the following contents: • An overview of alcohol-related problems • Motivational Interview, Harm Reduction and Relapse Prevention • What’s Alcoholic Anonymous and the 12 STEP programme • Detoxification in General Hospital • Findings of a local study by Universiti Malaysia Sabah and Early Intervention Programme (EIP)

Locations Kota Kinabalu
Period 27 March 2010
Accomplishments

50 participants attended the seminar

Background

Alcohol consumption, especially among the indigenous population, men and women alike are well accepted in Sabah. Alcohol is served generously during celebrations, social gatherings and even during mourning period, and the number of intoxicated persons are traditionally viewed as indicative to the event’s success. The cultural background of Sabah exposes many youngsters to alcohol early and it would become a strong habit for them when they reach adulthood.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

A seminar on the need for early intervention to address alcoholrelated problems was held in March 2010 by the Intervention Group for Alcohol Misuse (IGAM) Sabah under MERCY Malaysia Sabah chapter. IGAM would be focusing on providing counselling to alcohol dependants and family members who are victims of alcohol misuse. The intervention group would also be researching on alcohol-related issues in Sabah through its Early Intervention Programme (EIP), where the aim is to prevent alcohol misuse from affecting the social and emotional development of children. At the end of the seminar participant were divided into two groups:- Group 1: To focus on support and counselling for those with alcohol-related problems. Group 2: To focus on early intervention programmes to prevent damage due to alcohol misuse affecting social and emotional development of children. Group 1 will continue to empower the group members by training them on proper ways to support and counsel those with alcohol-related problems.