Strategies to Fight Alcoholism in Farm Workers

I have been doing some research into what can be done around alcoholism in farm workers in the Western Cape, South Africa. This forms part of my MBA company analysis and it would be great to be able to go back to the owner of the farm we are analyzing and have concrete suggestions for him regarding this topic. There is just one problem…

All the relevant research that I have found is heavily racist and biased. I have never really understood what it meant to “avoid bias” in your research until now. Most of the research focuses on apartheid, the white rich – black poor disparity, previous governments, oppressors, land reforms, etc. Some even go as far as to have “… a black perspective … ” in the title of their research. It would have been far more benefitial if they actually spent time on how to fix the problem and not historically why there is the problem.

I have to broaden my search to include non-relevant research done in other countries on other sectors, because the research locally is biased. I also have to infer from that research what to do in this case and scenario and determine what is applicable. I am not doing this as a thesis either and not doing research that is going to be published. I want to be in a position where I can make an informed decision on how to tackle the problem. It is a pity really. This only forms a small part of the analysis.

Does anyone know of any resources that are decent in determining strategies to fight alcoholism in farm workers or rural poor? Even better, do you have any ideas that you think might work?

  • Andrew van der Westhuizen makes a good point in that whatever is decided upon, the workers / unions / leaders must be included in the process.

  • Andrew van der Westhuizen suggested that I broaden my search to “fighting alcoholism among your workforce”, which I have done. It is still surprising how few hits you have, after 2008, on

  • Andrew van der Westhuizen

    A general office discussion came to the suggestion that the “sober productive” employees should be heavily rewarded for their efforts, in an attempt to incentivise the “drunk unproductive” employees to stop.

    Is alcoholism not a disease that is fueled by depression and could colleagues that earn more not fuel depression and thus aggravate the situation?