We call upon the governments of Canada…

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada released 94 Calls to Action on June 2, 2015 including Call to Action #33 and #34 which focuses on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (#FASD). The picture in the background of the graphic is THE BENTWOOD BOX: Carved by COAST SALISH ARTIST LUKE MARSTON, the TRC BENTWOOD BOX is a lasting tribute to all Indian Residential School Survivors.

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Alcohol must be recognised as a drug

Kypri, K & McCambridge, J (20 September 2018) British Medical Journal

To strengthen policy responses to harms caused by addiction industries. Link here…

The authors write:  Alcohol, actually ethanol (C2H5OH), is a psychoactive molecule ingested by 2.4 billion people globally.1 A central nervous system depressant, it exists naturally and can be produced in people’s homes. Any alcohol consumption confers health risks, including for a range of cancers,2 and any possible cardiovascular benefits are smaller than was previously understood.3 Alcohol harms users through intoxication, organ toxicity, and addiction, which cause an estimated 2.8 million deaths every year.1 In a recent systematic review and meta-analysis the Global Burden of Disease Alcohol Collaborators concluded that the “the level of alcohol consumption that minimised harm across health outcomes was zero.”Greater access to alcohol increases consumption and a wide range of health and social problems in a dose-response manner, and the most effective policies are those that increase the price and reduce the availability of alcohol.4 Because such measures threaten commercial interests they are challenging to adopt, and ineffectual policy responses often prevail.5 Broadening how we think about alcohol policies based on clear recognition that alcohol is a drug could have important benefits for public health.

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DrinkWise FASD Awareness Program partners with Federal Government for new education materials featuring Deborah Mailman and Aaron Pedersen

Opinion: The Australian Federal government allocated $230,000 over 6 months to this alcohol industry led campaign. Is this the government’s answer to a national FASD prevention campaign? According to Drinkwise, ‘the advertisements will help generate greater awareness of the preventable disorder and reaffirm the risks of drinking alcohol while planning a pregnancy, during pregnancy or breastfeeding.’ Read article here…

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