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 first in a two-part series, co-hosted by the CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre and Public Health Ontario’s Health Promotion Capacity Building-Alcohol Policy unit will explore critical issues relating to alcohol and violence as well as directions for the prevention and reduction of harms. Dr. Samantha Wells will speak from her research on alcohol-related harms conducted through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Dr. Wells will reflect specifically on the experiences of young adults, sexual violence and licensed establishments. as well as the role of pre-drinking in alcohol-related harms. Dr. Wells will also discuss directions for prevention and reduction of alcohol-related harms including the role of comprehensive approaches and applying a gendered lens.
•To share the results of recent research on alcohol-related harms as they relate to young adults, sexual aggression and licensed establishments
•To consider the role of pre-drinking in alcohol-related harms
•To share information on directions for prevention and reduction of alcohol-related harms using comprehensive approaches and a gendered lens
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. Samantha Wells, Social and Epidemiological Research (SER), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Samantha Wells, Ph.D., is a Scientist and Co-Head of the Social and Community Interventions and Policy Research Group, Social and Epidemiological Research Department, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario and an Assistant Professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Her research assesses people’s drinking behaviour and drinking contexts and how these factors are linked to injury, aggression and victimization, with a focus on gender differences in associations. Her work also focuses on young men’s attitudes and beliefs about aggression when drinking, conformity to masculine norms and involvement in male-to-male alcohol-related aggression. She currently leads a CIHR funded multi-disciplinary team project that aims to improve understanding of mental health, substance use and violence problems in diverse Ontario communities through community-based research and innovative data collection using a mobile research lab.
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