Girls, Women and Alcohol Infographic


The Center of Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have created a  Girls, Women and Alcohol infographic.

The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth monitors the marketing practices of the alcohol industry and their effects on American youth

Also possibly of interest, the Center held a webcast in December on “Virginia Slims in a Bottle: Girls, Women and Alcohol Marketing” which can now be viewed on YouTube. Speakers included Ann Dowsett Johnston, author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Woman and Alcohol (see post here about her series in the Toronto Star in 2011 on women and alcohol).

For more on alcohol marketing targeted at girls and women, see earlier posts:


Free Public Forum: Challenging Drug Prohibition & the Regulation of Reproduction and Mothering


Susan Boyd from the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequalities and Mental Health at Simon Fraser University is hosting a critical dialogue about the intersections of drug prohibition, women, addiction, and the regulation of reproduction and mothering with some of the leaders in the field.

The public forum will be held Saturday, May 17th, 2014 from 9:30am – 5pm at SFU Harbour Centre in Vancouver, BC. View the flyer here. The event is free but registration is required.

Speakers include several members of the Canada FASD Research Network, including Marliss Taylor from the Streetworks program in Edmonton and Lenora Marcellus from the University of Victoria.

Emily Oster’s new book “Expecting Better” challenged by FASD experts


Economist Emily Oster’s new book Expecting Better: Why The Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong-and What You Really Need To Know started getting a fair amount of media attention even before it was released a couple of weeks ago.

Oster reviews and challenges pregnancy advice ranging  from alcohol and caffeine use to bed rest and drug safety. On the topic of alcohol use during pregnancy, she concludes that light and occasional drinking during pregnancy is acceptable.

Check out the response of the Canada FASD Research Network: “Emily Oster’s ‘Expecting Better’ Puts Countless Unborn Children at Risk.” Dr. Cook, Executive Director of CanFASD, was also interviewed in Why some pregnant women are ignoring conventional wisdom and having a cup of coffee or a glass of wine (The National Post, August 30, 2013).

The controversy related to Oster’s book has also brought some attention to women and alcohol issues in general. Check out this great piece from The Huffington Post: 7 Things You Need To Know About Women And Alcohol (September 3, 2013).

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The rise of binge drinking among women – CBC Radio podcast

The rise of binge drinking among women

Yesterday’s episode of The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti took a look at how women’s rates of alcohol consumption, while still lower than men, are continuing to increase.

You can listen to the 27 minute podcast here which explores sex differences in the effects of alcohol on men and women, changes in alcohol marketing, and women’s personal experiences with alcohol use. FASD is discussed later in the program as one possible unintended consequence of alcohol use.

Tremonti interviews Gerald Thomas from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, writer Jen McNeely,  David Jernigan from the Center for Alcohol Marketing and Youth studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, journalist Ann Dowsett Johnston (check out her series on women and alcohol here), and Cocktail Deeva, Dee Brun.

Trauma Matters: Guidelines for trauma‐informed practices in women’s substance use services

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Over the past several years, the impacts of trauma and the interrelationships between trauma and women’s substance use have been well-identified by both research and clinical practice.

Recently, the Ontario Drug Treatment Funding Program Trauma and Substance Use project team released guidelines to support organizations that provide substance use treatment services for women. The guidelines are intended to help service providers understand the interconnections of trauma and substance use and to provide improved care for substance-involved women who have experienced trauma.

The guidelines identify six core principles for trauma‐informed practice: acknowledgment, safety, trustworthiness, choice and control, relational/collaborative approaches, and strengths-based empowerment.

The guidelines also take a look at trauma and its connection to mothering and family relationships. The authors comment:

“Substance-involved women who have experienced trauma may also be mothers, or be pregnant. Many have needs related to their mothering role when they seek help with their substance use concerns. For
these women, concerns about their children and their role as mothers can play a critical part in their recovery and be a powerful catalyst for change.

Hard data on substance use, mothering, and pregnancy are somewhat limited because many mothers fear negative or punitive consequences if they disclose their substance use concerns; however, research
indicates that up to 70% of women who attend substance use programs have children.

Although there are sensitive and caring mother-centered programs in Canada, “there are vast gaps in the availability and accessibility of these services, depending on the required level of care, parenting status,
and the severity of health and social problems.” “(p. 87)

Trauma Matters: Guidelines for trauma‐informed practices in women’s substance use services can be downloaded here as well as from the Jean Tweed Centre, the Evidence Exchange Network, and the Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs.

For more on women’s substance use and trauma, see Trauma-informed care for women in Canada (July 11, 2011).