You may want to rethink that extra glass of rum and eggnog this holiday season. The latest estimates from the BC Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Monitoring Project confirm that harms from alcohol are on the rise in the province. Rates of hospitalization due to alcohol use are also steadily catching up to those of tobacco.
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.
Over 50 leading scientists from 15 countries have appealed 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
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.
CARBC welcomes Dr. Russ Callaghan, Associate Professor, Northern Medical Program, University of Northern British Columbia, to CARBC as Site Director. Before joining UNBC, Dr. Callaghan was an independent research scientist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. He is a co-author of the recently published journal article, Marijuana use and risk of lung cancer: a 40-year cohort study, which demonstrates a two-fold increased risk of lung cancer among heavy cannabis users.
This CCSA-CCENDU Bulletin that CARBC contributed to provides a series of short snapshots describing opioid misuse in Canadian communities.
In February and March 2013, East Kootenay Addiction Services Society conducted their sixth Adolescent Drug Use Survey. The region-wide survey, first undertaken by them in 2002, includes all students in Grades 7–12 in the East Kootenay. The survey is conducted every two years to monitor changes in drug use patterns and attitudes amongst East Kootenay adolescents.
This document, Creating Municipal Alcohol Policy, has been prepared by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with BC Healthy Communities, to serve as a guide for local governments/First Nations in the planning of a municipal alcohol policy (MAP). A MAP helps local governments/First Nations manage alcohol facilities they own and manage, and reduces liability for alcohol-related problems. This guide explains what a MAP is, how it can benefit your local government/First Nation and how to create one, from start to finish.