Alcohol consumption is a significant population health issue. While most people drink responsibly, drinking alcohol is associated with a variety of social and health harms including relationships problems, risk of injury or accident and long-term chronic health problems. According to the 2013 CAMH Monitor, a sizeable percentage of Ontarians who drink consume alcohol at levels exceeding Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (LRADG). Among past year drinkers, nearly one in four (24% or an estimated 1.7 million adults) in Ontario reported exceeding these guidelines. An estimated 14% of Ontario adults reported drinking hazardously or harmfully in the past year.
This webinar, the second in a two-part series co-hosted by the CAMH Health Promotion Resource and Public Health Ontario’s Health Promotion Capacity Building-Alcohol Policy unit, will explore the relationship of alcohol in and around licensed establishments and interventions to reduce alcohol related harms. Tom Martin and Patricia Bromby will highlight the work of Peel Public Health's Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Unit's rapid review, which aimed to identify effective interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm in and around licensed establishments. The second part of the webinar will have Dr. Joel Ray present his research on the risk of emergency medical services (EMS) ambulance responses in association with the density of on-premise licensed alcohol establishments (LAE) in the Region of Peel, Ontario, Canada by evaluating the trauma-related EMS ambulance calls, including those due to assault, and categorized them by the type of alcohol LAE, the time of the EMS call (by 24-hour clock and also by time of the month), and the additive effect of tobacco sales at the same location at the LAE.
•To share the results of the rapid review pertaining to the interventions showing effectiveness in reducing alcohol-related harm in licensed establishments.
•To generate discussion about applicability and feasibility of interventions shown to be effective.
•To show that alcohol sales (on-premise and off-premise) is very likely related to trauma and assault.
•To make recommendations about how public health units and municipal and provincial laws can change that.
Public health and health promotion professionals, policy makers, educators and education administrators, and other health and social service providers.
Tamar Meyer, Supervisor, CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre/Opioid Resource Hub, Provincial System Support Program, CAMH
Jason LeMar, Health Promotion Consultant, Public Health Ontario
Dr. Joel Ray, Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital, Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Professor (cross-appointment), Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Michael's Hospital, Professor (cross-appointment), Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, St. Michael's Hospital, Professor (cross-appointment), Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.
Tom Martin, is a Health Promoter at the Region of Peel. He is also the co-founder and co-chair of the Ontario Safer Bars Network. Over the past six years, Tom has worked extensively in the field of alcohol policy, specifically in the area of reducing alcohol-related harm in and around licensed establishments.
Pat Bromby is a Manager in Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention in Public Health at the Region of Peel. She has undergraduate degrees in Nutritional Sciences and Nursing from the University of Toronto. She is currently pursuing part time studies in the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Waterloo.
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