Public dialogue explores our complex cultural relationship with alcohol

“Is drinking more a cultural expectation than an individual choice?” This is the topic of a free public event being held next week as part of the Issues of Substance conference in Vancouver, BC (Nov 6-9,  2011).

While the event is not specific to pregnancy or women, I think it might explore how alcohol is embedded in our daily lives and why there is often so much resistance to the notion of abstinence from alcohol during pregnancy.

Our Dance with Alcohol: A free public dialogue exploring our complex cultural relationship with alcohol

November 8 – 7:30-9:30 pm

Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
3200 Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

The  Issues of Substance conference (IOS) is held every two years in November to complement National Drug and Addictions Awareness Week and is hosted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. This year, the organizers expect over 600 participants, including addiction specialists (e.g., treatment providers, clinical staff, public health nurses), allied professionals (e.g., hospital staff, law enforcement personnel, corrections workers), researchers, academics, policy makers and private sector professionals.

Several sessions focus on issues of women and substance use and many members of our Network Action Team will be presenting. If you’re attending the conference, be sure to check out:

Sunday, November 6th

1:30-5:30 Digital Narratives: Women and Treatment (Deborah Chansonneuve, Violet Naytowhow, Sharon Acoose,  Arlene Hache, Jim Cincotta, Betty Head,  Nancy Poole,  Colleen Dell)

Monday, November 7th

11:00-12:30 Substance Using Women with FASD and FASD Prevention: Putting Promising Approaches into Practice for Substance Use Treatment and Care (Lynda Dechief and Deborah Rutman)

1:30– 3:00 Findings from a Virtual Community on Aboriginal Women’s Treatment (Nancy Poole, Deborah Chansonneuve, Colleen Dell, Arlene Hache, Elizabeth Head, James Cincotta)

1:30– 3:00 From Stilettos to Moccasins – A Guide for Group Discussion (Colleen A. Dell, Sharon Acoose, Martina L. Mathewson, Shannon Taylor)

3:30-5:00 Girls and Alcohol (Nancy Poole, Lorraine Greaves,Gerald Thomas)

Tuesday, November 8th

1:30 – 3:00 Networks among Canadian Agencies Serving Women with Addictions (Wendy Sword, Alison Niccols, Maureen Dobbins, Reza Yousefi-Nooraie, Ellen Lipman)

Just to get you excited for the conference, I thought I’d include this YouTube video in today’s posting. Colleen Dell from the University of Saskatchewan will be presenting on her amazing work addressing substance use for Aboriginal women. Check out some of her work here. The video below is some of her research findings “translated” into music.