ABL commits to smart drinking agenda on International Beer Day

August 11, 2017
Source: thebftonline.com l Ghana
ABL commits to smart drinking agenda on International Beer Day

Accra Brewery Ltd. (ABL), together with the BREW Fellowship of the Rotary Club, has called for a smart drinking approach to combatting excessive drinking to commemorate International Beer Day (IBD).

Speaking at the event dubbed ‘Brewers’ Brunch’, ABL’s Legal & Corporate Affairs Director, Ms. Adjoba Kyiamah, said the company’s focus has evolved from raising awareness on responsible drinking to Smart Drinking, which takes a more collaborative approach with public and private partners to promote alcohol health literacy, reduce underage drinking, achieve lower alcohol beer products, and influence individual behaviours to reduce the harmful effects of immoderate alcohol use.

She noted that as a subsidiary of ABInBev, the world’s largest brewer, the company was morally and ethically enjoined to ensure consumers’ experiences with beer is a positive one.

Ms. Kyiamah said the company considered it a delight to participate in the IBD celebrations as it presents them an opportunity to renew ‘’our energies and commitment to creating a healthier world’’.

She further noted that ‘‘Indeed the call for smart, responsible and healthy drinking habits among Ghanaians fits strategically into our Global Smart Drinking Goals which aims largely at combatting, by 2025, harmful drinking habits, including underage drinking, drunk driving, and binge drinking.’’

She emphasised that, to this end, ABL has adopted and is committed to spearheading best practices, including changing behaviour, beyond creating awareness on the harmful effects of excessive drinking.

Mr. Moses Aryee, President and founder of the BREW Fellowship, commended ABL’s push for a collaborative effort towards attaining positive drinking outcomes, highlighting similar efforts the Fellowship has initiated.  He noted that since its establishment in 2014, ‘the Fellowship has sought to forge relationships with breweries so together, we can be a force for good.  For instance, our work with concerned bodies on providing access to clean water for slum dwellers possesses the potential to improve quality of life in multiple ways’’.

Dubbing the event ‘Brewers’ Brunch’, ABL also used the opportunity to conduct members of the Beers Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide (BREW) Fellowship through its beer-brewing process, a tour of the company’s packaging plant together with the new plant currently under construction, and a beer tasting session.

The International Beer Day is celebrated globally and annually and takes place in pubs, breweries, and backyards in homes all over the world.  It affords beer lovers an opportunity to raise a toast to breweries and bartenders whilst rejoicing in the greatness of beer!