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Girls, young women and alcohol (webinar)  
http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/news-events/default.htm

A webinar recording on how girls empowerment groups can play a role in prevention of heavy alcohol use by girls and young women. Nancy Poole and Ginny Gonneau shared research on: current trends in binge drinking by girls and young women, key influences on girls' alcohol use, girl-specific health impacts of early and heavy alcohol use, and resources that may useful in your health promotion/ prevention work.

Also includes links to presentation slides as well as the resource Preventing heavy alcohol use among girls and young women: practical tools and resources for practitioners and girls’ programmers.

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Published: 2011
Preventing heavy alcohol use among girls and young women: practical tools and resources for practitioners and girls’ programmers  
http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/news-events/documents/BCCEWHPreventingHeavyAlcoholUseAmongGirlsYoungWomen_PracticalToolsResourcesforPractitonersGi.pdf

A list of print and multimedia resources related to prevention of heavy alcohol use by girls and young women, for practitioners, girls’ group programmers, and anyone else who may find these resources helpful. Presents current resources for starting a conversation about drinking with girls using video clips, becoming aware of the influences on girls’ alcohol use, and the health risks of early and heavy drinking, and offering holistic, girl-centered, health promotion/prevention programming.

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Published: 2011
Discussing alcohol with pregnant women: an exploration of the recommendations in the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) consensus clinical guidelines   
http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/news-events/documents/SOGCGuidelinesPracticePolicyApril192011.pdf

Slide presentation exploring the recommendations in the SOGC Alcohol Use and Pregnancy Consensus Clinical Guidelines. This session held on April 19, 2011 provided the opportunity to unpack the myths and realities related to harms associated with drinking in pregnancy, and explore the practices recommended by the SOGC. Janet Walker is the Leader Quality Outcomes, Perinatal Services BC. Nancy Poole is Director of the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, Provincial Consultant for Women and Substance Use Issues, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Leader of the Network Action Team on FASD Prevention, Canada Northwest FASD Research Network, and one of 13 authors of the SOGC Guidelines.

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Published: 2011
Expert panel report on women & alcohol: Alcohol treatment services for Ontario women  
http://www.echo-ontario.ca/sites/default/files/Women%20and%20Alcohol%20-%20final%20draft%2015SEP11.pdf

Report on the The Expert Panel on Women and Alcohol that worked to identify the current supports available to Ontario women, current best practices, and key recommendations regarding treatment services for women with problematic alcohol use. Delivers four key messages:  Young women are drinking at progressively higher levels and are at increased risk for experiencing alcohol-related problems; Ontario has effective gender-sensitive treatment services, but services are not available to women in all regions of the province; stigma is a major barrier for women needing treatment for alcohol misuse and interferes with women seeking help; and better guidance and training for primary care should be a focus for immediate improvement.

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Published: 2011
Canada’s low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines  
http://www.ccsa.ca/eng/priorities/alcohol/canada-low-risk-alcohol-drinking-guidelines/pages/default.aspx?utm_source=Email_announcement&utm_medium=general_distribution_list&utm_campaign=Canada%27s_Low-Risk_Alcohol_Drinking_Guidelines_%282011_launch%29

The first pan-Canadian guidelines for low-risk alcohol drinking. The guidelines are intended to provide consistent, evidence-informed recommendations to Canadians and to encourage a culture of moderation. The guidelines for women and men differ substantially. For example, to reduce your long-term health risks, they advice drinking no more than: 10 drinks a week for women, with no more than 2 drinks a day most days, and 15 drinks a week for men, with no more than 3 drinks a day most days.

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Published: 2011
Women and alcohol: to your health?  
http://cwhn.ca/en/networkmagazine/womenandalcohol

Discusses the emotional and physical health effects of alcohol for women. Examines how alcohol is specifically marketed to women, and the consequences for women of the high social acceptance of drinking in our culture. Written by journalist Ann Dowsett Johnson who researched woman and alcohol as a recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy.

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Published: 2012
Our favourite drug: why are women and girls drinking so much? (webinar)  
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/webinars/alcohol

Alcohol is a favourite drug for many people, and women may be having more problems with alcohol than many of us would like to think. Journalist Ann Dowsett Johnston spent a year talking with women, and learned that there is a global rise in women's drinking-what one eminent researcher calls a "global epidemic." For Canadian women, rates of risky drinking rose significantly for in recent years. (Risky drinking is defined as four drinks or more on at least one occasion in the past week.) Women drink to ease ease anxiety, deal with trauma, and much more. Risky drinking leads to a wide variety of short and long-term health challenges. Is this a new problem, or are we just becoming aware of it? What's the role of alcohol marketing? How can we help women define the blurry line between social drinking and alcohol addiction? 

In this webinar, CWHN Executive Director Anne Rochon Ford interviewed Dowsett Johnston about her research, including questions and comments from viewers.

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Published: 2012
Why women drink  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1984_Healthsharing_Vol_5_No_4_Fall.pdf

This article is an exploration of women and alcoholism. 

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Published: 1984
Women and alcohol  
http://www.hcip-bc.org/resources-for-women/documents/BCCEWHWomenAlcoholBrochureLR.pdf

A booklet for women and girls about the impact of alcohol on your health. Includes recommended low-risk drinking guidelines. Produced by the Act Now BC Healthy Choices in Pregnancy initiative (British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, the BC Perinatal Health Program and the Province of British Columbia).

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Double exposure: a better practices review on alcohol interventions during pregnancy  
http://www.hcip-bc.org/resources-for-practice/documents/Double_Exposure_final.pdf

Reviews evidence from peer-reviewed literature on three types of interventions aimed at supporting women to reduce their use of alcohol in the childbearing years.

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