The National Alcohol Policy is intended to provide a framework through which interventions that address all aspects of the use and abuse of alcohol in the country in terms of production distribution, consumption and regulation can be addressed in a systematic and coordinated fashion. This document recognizes the fact that alcohol is harmful to some people, while others find it enjoyable when used in moderation. No attempt is made to try to ridicule either group and emphasis is laid on the importance of choice, while safeguarding the interests of the vulnerable members of society. The preparation of the National Alcohol Policy involved an extensive process of consultation among a wide range of stakeholders including the alcohol industry.
This Policy identifies and promotes the complementary interests of the public health and scientific communities, the alcoholic beverage industry, government, the non-governmental as well as the private sectors. The policy elaborates on the relevant provisions of the National Strategy on Prevention, Control and Mitigation of Drug and Substance Abuse (2008 – 2013) whose vision is to secure a healthy and prosperous Kenyan society free from drug and substance abuse.