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Seminar: Alcohol Labelling - The Canadian context
Monday, June 29, 2015 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Venue: by webinar only
Health Promotion
City: Online
Format: Webinar

​The use of standard product labels to convey health-related information about food and beverages is now widespread in Canada, except in the case of alcoholic beverages. This is despite the fact that approximately 80 per cent of the population reports drinking alcohol at least once in the past year 1,2 and that there is clear evidence that links drinking alcohol with significant harm and cost. 

This webinar will review current research on standard alcohol labelling. Montana Osiowy will review her 2014 publication How much did you actually drink last night? An evaluation of standard drink label as an aid to monitoring personal consumption.  Dr. Erin Hobin will conduct a follow up on her December 2014 webinar, Standard Alcohol Labelling and finally, Dr. Tim Stockwell will review alcohol labelling at the national level and provide stakeholders with next steps and recommendations.


Jason LeMar is a health promotion consultant who works in the area of alcohol policy at Public Health Ontario (PHO). He has had various roles in public health and health care, including working at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) and in the Infection Prevention and Control department at PHO. Jason has several years of experience providing technical assistance, training and consultation support directly to Ontario’s public health units in the area of alcohol policy.

Dr.Tim Stockwell is the Director of the Centre for Addiction Research of British Columbia at the University of Victoria. He is a psychologist who worked as both a clinician and researcher in the UK before spending 16 years with Australia's National Drug Research Institute as Deputy Director and then Director. He studied Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford University and obtained a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. Tim is committed to the advancement of public policy on substance use issues with a particular focus on alcohol and public health. Since moving to Canada in 2004, he has established the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia as a multidisciplinary research enterprise that seeks to shed light on the social, cultural and psychological determinants of harmful substance use, and advances knowledge of effective policy and practice. His current research interests include the public health impacts of Canadian alcohol policies, managed alcohol programs for homeless problem drinkers and the science underlying the hypothesis that moderate alcohol use promotes health.

Montana Osiowy is entering her third year of medical school at the University of British Columbia. She is working toward becoming a family physician with a special interest in addiction medicine. Prior to medical school, she completed a Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of Victoria. For her honours dissertation, she worked with her supervisor, Tim Stockwell, to conduct a study on the effects of standard drink labels on the ability of participants to estimate how many standard drinks they had consumed. She enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, gymnastics and rock climbing.

Dr. Erin Hobin is a Scientist in Heath Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at Public Health Ontario and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo. Her research explores the impact of population level interventions for chronic disease prevention, specifically in the areas of obesity prevention and alcohol control. Her current research includes studies investigating the comprehension and use of Nutrition Facts tables among young Canadians, an evaluation of a province-wide physical education policy on secondary students’ physical activity behaviours, the effects of moving neighbourhoods on adult physical activity behaviours, and the efficacy and preferences for standard drink labels and health messages on alcohol containers among adults in Ontario. In March 2014, Erin was awarded a CIHR Operating Grant to examine the impact of an on-shelf nutrition labelling system on the nutritional quality of consumer food purchases in supermarkets in Canada.

Learning objectives

By the end of the webinar, participants will:
• Receive an update on the December 1st 2014 webinar, Standard Alcohol Labelling
• Understand research on standard drink labels as an aid to monitoring personal consumption
• Become aware of the current landscape of alcohol labeling in Canada
• Gain some information on next steps and recommendations for public health stakeholders


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1. Health Canada. Canadian and Drug Use Monitoring Survey: summary of results for 2012 [Internet]. Ottawa, ON: Government of Canada; 2014 [cited 2015 Apr 24]. Available from:
2. Rehm J, Ballunas D, Brochu S, Fisher B, Gnam W, Patra J, et al. The costs of substance abuse in Canada 2002: highlights. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse; 2006. Avaiable from:

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