ACPN will prioritize working with the National Government, County Governments, relevant stakeholders and County Technical working groups by incorporating Government engagement, member capacity building, community engagement, advocacy, research and public health. Our approach enables target communities to engage authorities around them regarding public health issues that affect them.
We work to find sustainable solutions in a changing environment through evidence based alcohol control and public health legislation and policies.
Alcohol and Public Health
According to Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excessive alcohol use, including underage drinking and binge drinking (drinking 5 or more drinks on an occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on an occasion for women), can lead to increased risk of health problems such as injuries, violence, liver diseases, and cancer.
Alcohol and Environment
There are many ecological studies that have shown the nexus between drinking habits and the environment within which individuals drink. It is founded on the very basic observation that it is within environmental set ups that Alcohol problems occur. It is also apparent that through community action these environmental set ups can be transformed.
Alcohol and Gender
There has been a growing assumption in past years that women drink less and thus have a lower prevalence of drinking problems. This has since been debunked through a variety of research findings. The gender differences in the relationship between level of drinking and drinking problems is an area that needs to be addressed and is an avenue through which ACPN can develop gender specific intervention.
Alcohol and Economic Sustainability/ Alcohol and Sustainable Development
While there is a lot of talk that the Alcohol industry is contributing hugely to the economy, research actually shows that Alcohol use is just as damaging to the nation. Alcohol affects the community and all persons’ age notwithstanding. Alcohol started at an early age affects the child’s development and as such affecting the country’s ability to respond to future economic challenges. Youth who have already developed drinking patterns may be hard to influence otherwise and as such pose a great risk to the productivity of the country. Also research shows that families who have an alcoholic have a higher cost of health care as compared to families without an Alcoholic member.
In addressing these, ACPN will be deliberate in designing programs that address the aforementioned issues while at the same time partner with relevant stakeholders in implementing programs that focus on these issues.