Intervention Groups for Alcohol Misuse (IGAM) Seminar

Project Intervention Groups for Alcohol Misuse (IGAM) Seminar
Objectives

To prevent alcohol misuse in community or organisations

Project Partners Johor Mental Health Association
Activities

Training of rural community leaders in handling alcohol misuse

Locations
Period
Accomplishments

Participated by rural community leaders all over Sabah including Labuan

Background
The use of alcohol especially among the indigenous
population, men and women alike, is of great concern
to every level of society in Sabah. Alcohol is served
generously during celebrations, social gatherings and
even during mourning period. The number of intoxicated
persons are traditionally viewed as indicative to an
event’s success. However, it is crucial for people to draw
the line between use and misuse of alcohol. Alcohol
misuse not only affects the socio-economy and health
condition of the individual, but creates a host of related
social problems for the immediate family and the society
at large.

MERCY Malaysia efforts
The seminar, organised with the cooperation of Johor
Mental Health Association, trains participants who are
responsible in handling alcohol misuse – in this case,
the rural community leaders. The programme provided
training on proper ways to support and counsel those
with alcohol-related problems. People from all over
Sabah, including Labuan participated and contributed to
the success of the programme