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A Submission to the BC Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2015 BC Budget

Minimizing the availability of low-priced alcohol protects public health and safety, government revenues and Canadian industries. Minimum prices for alcoholic beverages in BC are lower than in most other provinces and have not kept pace with inflation. The 2014 BC Government Review of liquor laws specifically recommended updating and increasing minimum alcohol prices and linking these to beverage strength. While other measures that will increase alcohol availability and generally lower prices have been implemented, key minimum pricing recommendations have only been implemented in bars and not in the much larger liquor store market. Infographic

How much did you actually drink last night? An evaluation of standard drink labels as an aid to monitoring personal consumption

Barriers exist for drinkers who wish to comply with low-risk guidelines when these are expressed in terms of numbers of “standard drinks” of alcohol. The increasing variability of container sizes and alcoholic strengths mean that percent alcohol by volume labels alone may be insufficient. The authors of this CARBC study investigate whether standard drink labels would improve drinkers’ accuracy when estimating personal alcohol consumption. (Note: The link is to the abstract of the study. The full study is only available to people who are subscribers or whose institutions are subscribers.)  Media Release | Infographic | Video

CARBC Blog: Matters of Substance

People associated with CARBC are involved in a wide variety of topics and issues related to substance use and addictions. In this blog, we are able to share our work informally and encourage discussion on matters of substance.

Plant the Seeds and See What Grows: Education and Culture Change

Posted by Catriona Remocker on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

When I try to explain the kind of work that I do for CARBC, I often use the analogy of being a farmer. I am the Coordinator of the Changing the Culture of Substance Use Project, a multi-year project to build a vibrant community of practice on BC’s post-secondary campuses. But my work is similar to the farmer’s; I research, prepare and plan what we should grow, examine the growing conditions, help plant the seeds and then, along with my team, I continuously encourage their growth so that we will have a fruitful harvest. Read more

What good are drinking guidelines if no one knows about them?

Posted by Tina Barton & Sheena Gereghty on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Do you know the effects that having a glass of wine a night is having on your health? Or how your risk for certain diseases and cancers increases with every drink? If your answer is “no,” then you aren’t alone. Despite the fact that 78% of us drink, many Canadians aren’t aware of Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines, let alone what the guidelines are (no more than two a day, 10 a week for women; three a day, 15 a week for men). Read more

Latest News & Notes

How much do Canadians lowball their drinking?

How much do we lowball the consumption of alcohol, our favourite recreational drug? A lot, as it turns out. It’s common knowledge that most of us downplay how much we drink in a given year. The World Health Organization already compensates for this by adding as much as 30% to self-reported statistics on alcohol consumption. But even this is too low. A new study published in the journal Addiction by CARBC shows that people under-report their alcohol consumption in national health surveys by 50-75%, depending on age and beverage.

CARBC Director joins in call for tobacco harm reduction

Over 50 leading scientists from 15 countries have appealed this week to the World Health Organization (WHO) to reconsider its intention to classify e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes, warning that they risk missing an opportunity to drastically reduce smoking and the illness and death associated with it. Scientists have known for some years that people 'smoke for the nicotine, but die from the smoke'. The death and disease from smoking arises from inhalation of tar particles and toxic gases drawn into the lungs. They argue that the WHO’s targets for reduction of tobacco consumption should be aligned with the ultimate goal of reducing disease and premature death. Media Release

Lower the Stakes: A Public Health Approach to Gambling in British Columbia

This Provincial Health Officer’s annual report examines gambling policy in BC from a public health perspective and provides recommendations for reducing the harms associated with problem gambling. This report discusses social and economic impacts of gambling and the history of gambling policy in Canada and BC, introduces a comprehensive public health framework for understanding gambling, and explores gambling trends in Canada and BC.

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CARBC In the news

Standard drink labels help consumers track their alcohol use and reduce risk: Study
Date: September 30, 2014
Source: Centre for Addictions Research of BC

Study Confirms Breast Cancer Link to Low Alcohol Use
Date: September 25, 2014
Source: Centre for Addictions Research of BC

National Report Offers First-Ever Look at the Canadian Sex Industry
Date: September 19, 2014
Source: University of Victoria

How much do Canadians lowball their drinking?
Date: June 5, 2014
Source: Centre for Addictions Research of BC

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Upcoming events

Connecting Leaders Symposium on Mental Health
Date: October 24, 2014 - 8:30am - 4:00pm
Location: Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport

Alcohol and Injuries in an International Perspective
Date: October 24, 2014 - 10:30-11:30 am
Location: Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria

Shared Prosperity for Health and Well-Being: 2014 PHABC Conference
Date: December 4 & 5, 2014
Location: Sheraton Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

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