Alcohol: Community Trends and Impact

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Date: Wednesday December 2, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Pacific time




Registration is open for our next virtual training event*. We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) to bring you a day-long virtual event featuring community networking, presentations, and discussion on alcohol use in British Columbia.


“Alcohol and tobacco use contributed 89% of the 277,060 hospital admissions and 76% of the 751,356 years of life lost due to substance use in 2017. Policies around alcohol in particular have been relaxed during the COVID-19 pandemic with evidence of increased consumption.”
Dr. Tim Stockwell, of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research


At this event we will discuss alcohol use trends over time, and the effects of alcohol use in BC communities, including insight into the socially sanctioned and promoted use of alcohol; the weaving of alcohol into everyday life; and the rise of managed alcohol programs as intervention to reduce harms related to high risk drinking, severe alcohol dependence, homelessness and poverty.



9 – 9:30 Coffee, Welcome, Territory Acknowledgement

9:30 – 10:30  Alcohol in Community: Cost and Impact overview Dr. Adam Sherk, CISUR

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:15  Managed Alcohol Programs (MAPs) discussion Dr. Bernie Pauly, CISUR 

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 Alcohol Harm Reduction Panel Moderator: Brittany Graham, Illicit Alcohol Program Coordinator (EIDGE Program) /  CISUR.


  • Michelle W – PHS, Drinkers Lounge and Community MAP
  • Dr. Adam Sherk, CISUR
  • Dr. Bernie Pauly, CISUR
  • Dr. Kiffer Card, CISUR/ Community Based Research Centre (CBRC)
  • Meaghan Brown, CISUR

2:30 – 3:00 Wrap up and closing


Suggested attendees

  • PAN member organization staff and volunteers
  • Clinicians working with people who use alcohol
  • Policy and decision makers
  • People who use alcohol and their allies


Attendees at this event will be expected to honour PAN’s Group Guidelines and Responsibilities.

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For more information, contact Janet Madsen, [email protected]


* Didn’t get a chance to attend – Hep C in Focus in July? It was also dedicated to community connections, learning, and resources. Check it out.



We greatly appreciate the vision of our government funders and their ongoing commitment to supporting the work of the Pacific AIDS Network. In particular we gratefully acknowledge the Public Health Agency of Canada – HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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