Alberta Primetime Report on Campagne Against FASD

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Alberta Primetime’s interview with Bob Robinson, President and CEO Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.

Free Webinar: Updated resources on women and alcohol: Applying research to practice – May 8, 2014

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Over the past year, the BC Ministry of Health in collaboration with the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health has been supporting educational sessions in Health Authorities across British Columbia for service providers who have the opportunity to engage with women of childbearing age on alcohol use during pregnancy and related concerns.

Service providers have included: nurses, pregnancy outreach program providers, transition housing/violence service workers, social workers, doulas, midwives, physicians, mental health workers and substance use service providers working in both Aboriginal and other communities.

The second in this series of webinars will introduce a newly updated resource by the BC government and discuss the latest research on women and alcohol, including issues such  stroke, heart disease and cancer.

Thursday, May 8 , 2014
9:00 – 10:00 am (PDT)
Presenters: Nancy Poole, Tasnim Nathoo, Teresa Chiesa, Cristine Urquhart, Frances Jasiura

To register, visit

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FASD prevention signs required in all Alberta liquor stores, bars, restaurants, and night clubs

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Yesterday, the Alberta government announced that liquor stores, restaurants and bars are required to display signs about FASD prevention to help raise awareness of FASD.

While increasing awareness about FASD and the harms of alcohol use during pregnancy is very important, it’s very interesting that this announcement (as well as other awareness initiatives) rarely discuss whether FASD signage is helpful or effective.

Several jurisdictions, including the United States, France, Russia, South Africa, and the Yukon and Northwest Territories in Canada, have regulations requiring warning labels related to drinking during pregnancy and/or other risks.

A recent review on the effectiveness of alcohol warning labels in FASD prevention found that:

While alcohol warning labels are popular with the public, their effectiveness for changing drinking behavior is limited. Available research suggests that for maximum effect, alcohol warning labels should speak clearly about the consequences of alcohol consumption and should also be coordinated and integrated…

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Edmonton Sun Article on FASD Signage at Liquor Stores

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Have a look at the article in the Edmonton Sun about the new signs required at liquor stores, bars and restaurants.

Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission Campaign Begins

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On April 14 the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) began a campaign focusing on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. With the support of Manmeet Bhullar, the Minister of Human Services, Bill Robinson, President and CEO of the AGLC unveiled a poster warning of the dangers of mixing alcohol with pregnancy. The AGLC will be requiring all liquor stores, bars, restaurants and nightclubs to post this FASD prevention message.

Minister Bhullar spoke about Alberta’s action on the prevention of and support for people having FASD with the development of 12 FASD Service Networks and 20 assessment and diagnostic clinics.

Lisa Rogozinsky, Network Coordinator, and Denise Plesuk, Co-Chair of Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Network Society (EFAN) were on hand to answer questions posed about FASD and the difficulties it creates. Even though there are 20 assessment clinics around Alberta, many people go without ever getting a diagnosis.   Because of this, it is difficult to get accurate statistics on the number of individuals in Alberta with FASD. However, Denise did say that it was probably a safe assumption that the homeless population and the prison population have a significant number of individuals with FASD. This is due to the effects FASD has on the person’s ability to problem-solve, on their cognitive functioning and their behavioural difficulties.

So, the next time you go to a liquor store, or out to a night club, look for the FASD prevention signs. Start up a conversation with the people you are with – or the people sitting at the table beside you. Let’s get the message out!

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Media Release:  IB_FASDPreventionSignage_20140414



Alcohol Use During Pregnancy in Canada

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The Public Health Agency of Canada recently released Perinatal Health Indicators 2013 which includes data on alcohol use during pregnancy.

Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, the report includes data on alcohol use during pregnancy, include trends over time (1993-2008), by age, and by province.

  • The rate of maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy was 10.7% in 2005–2008. (This is similar to data from the Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey conducted in 2005-2006 which found that 10.8% of women reported ever drinking alcohol during pregnancy.)
  • Rates of maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy remained stable between throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Rates then dropped 15.5%  in 2001–2004 to 10.7% in 2005–2008.
  • Rates of alcohol consumption increased with age. In 2005–2008, 8.0% of mothers aged 20-24, 10.2% of women aged 25-29, 11.7% of women aged 30-34, and 11.2% of women aged 35-39 years reported drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

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April Frontline Workers Meeting Minutes

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Here are the minutes from the April 8 Frontline meeting.

April 8 FASD Frontline Meeting Minutes