Resources for Alcohol Harm Reduction

Developed in alignment with our event, Alcohol: Community Trends and Impact

Harm Reduction and Overdose


Harm Reduction Strategies for Alcohol Use, Here to Help


Safer Drinking: Beer, wine and spirits, Here to Help


Safer Drinking Guide During COVID 19, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research


Alcohol overdose awareness, Toward the Heart


Canada’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction


The High Life
Health Initiative for Men and YouthCO have teamed up to bring you the High Life – a resource for men who have sex with men about club and party drugs. Alcohol and marijuana are the most commonly used substances by gay men in Vancouver; more than 70 percent of gay men have used alcohol before sex in the last six months.


Watch: Wasted (documentary; 44 minutes)
Follow psychotherapist and alcoholic-in-recovery Mike Pond as he discovers the best new evidence-based addiction research and treatment. Re-examining the meaning of sober.


Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service in BC
1 (800) 663-1441 or (604) 660-9382
Health Link BC (Dial 8-1-1)



Peer support


Moderation Management (goal of moderation or abstinence): “Moderation Management is dedicated to reducing the harm caused by the misuse of alcohol. MM is a behavioral change program broken into a number of steps in order to build confidence in maintaining a path, whether moderation or abstinence.”


SMART Self-Management And Recovery Training (goal of abstinence): “In SMART we focus on learning coping skills that work well short- and long-term. We base our ideas on what addiction science has shown to be effective. We have adapted these ideas into SMART’s tools for change.”


Alcoholics Anonymous (goal of abstinence): “The twelve steps of AA are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.”



Healthcare Guidance Regarding Alcohol Use


Alcohol Use Disorder Guidance, BC Centre on Substance Use


Operational Guidance for Implementation of Managed Alcohol for Vulnerable Populations, BC Centre on Substance Use (September 2020)


Addiction Care and Treatment Online Certificate
The Addiction Care and Treatment Online Certificate is a free online certificate course offered through the BC Centre on Substance Use. It is targeted at health care professionals interested in learning more about providing care to patients with various substance use disorders, including alcohol, tobacco, stimulants, cannabis, and opioids.


Helping Schools
Substance use education resources from the Canadian Institute on Substance Use Research


Alcohol and Calories
The average Canadian consumes 11% of their recommended calorie intake in alcohol, and related information from the Canadian Institute on Substance Use Research





Facts and stats on alcohol consumption, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR)


Featured and Active Research at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research


The Canadian Managed Alcohol Program Study (CMAPS)


Rapid Synthesis: Determining the Features of Managed Alcohol Programs, McMaster University
A rapid synthesis summarizes research evidence drawn from systematic reviews of the research literature and occasionally from single research studies.


Does Drinking Within Low-Risk Guidelines Prevent Harm? Implications for High-Income Countries Using the International Model of Alcohol Harms and Policies


How do people with homelessness and alcohol dependence cope when alcohol is unaffordable? A comparison of residents of Canadian managed alcohol programs and locally recruited controls



Alcohol Harm in Canada: Examining Hospitalizations Entirely Caused by Alcohol and Strategies to Reduce Alcohol Harm, Canadian Institute for Health Information


Alcohol Management Screening Tool, Government of Northwest Territories


Alcohol Strategies

Example of a provincial Alcohol Strategy, Alberta


Building an alcohol strategy – What should NWT’s alcohol strategy include?
The territory started working on an alcohol strategy in the spring — after the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research from the University of Victoria gave the NWT’s alcohol policies some of the worst grades in the country.


Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms and Costs in Northwest Territories: A Policy Review



In the News


CBC Early Edition series

Alcohol consumption up during pandemic leaving substance abuse experts worried November 16, 2020

Parental Guidance: why parents should think long and hard before hitting the bottle to cope with pandemic, November 17, 2020

Pandemic has changed our relationship with alcohol, November 18, 2020


Give More Chronic Drinkers Safe Doses of Alcohol, Say Researchers, The Tyee


Minimum alcohol pricing could reduce alcohol-linked deaths in Canada, New Scientist



For more information, contact Janet Madsen, [email protected]


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