Women and alcohol

Why women drink

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Linda Rasmussen
Edition: 
Vol 5, No. 4
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1984
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article is an exploration of women and alcoholism. 

Our favourite drug: why are women and girls drinking so much? (webinar)

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English
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British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
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Canadian Women's Health Network and British
Publication Date: 
2012

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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Recording available for free online.

Women and alcohol: to your health?

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
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Summer 2012
Publisher: 
CWHN Network
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

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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Available online and to download for free from the website.
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Contains bibliographical references.

Canada’s low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines

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English
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Online
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National Alcohol Strategy Advisory Committee
Publication Date: 
2011

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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Expert panel report on women & alcohol: Alcohol treatment services for Ontario women

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Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario
Publication Date: 
2011
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Toronto, ON

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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Includes bibliographical references.

Discussing alcohol with pregnant women: an exploration of the recommendations in the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) consensus clinical guidelines

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
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Online
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Janet Walker
Nancy Poole
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British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

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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Available online.

Preventing heavy alcohol use among girls and young women: practical tools and resources for practitioners and girls’ programmers

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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
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Online
Author: 
Ginny Gonneau
Nancy Poole
Publisher: 
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

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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Available online.

Girls, young women and alcohol (webinar)

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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
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Online
Author: 
Nancy Poole
Ginny Gonneau
Publisher: 
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

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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Alcohol and the elderly

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English
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Online
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International Center for Alcohol Policies

One of a series of online resources discussing alcohol research, offering a gendered look at alcohol use among the elderly.

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Available online.
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Includes bibliographic references.

Double exposure: a better practices review on alcohol interventions during pregnancy

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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Tessa Parkes
Nancy Poole
Amy Salmon
Lorraine Greaves
Cristine Urquhart

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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Contact their office to order a copy. Also available online.
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ISBN 978-1-894356-63-3
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Includes bibliographical references.
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