Alcohol policy in Ontario community of interest

The Alcohol Policy in Ontario community of interest will bring together stakeholders and experts in the field of substance misuse from all levels of prevention: primary, secondary and tertiary.  

The purpose of the Alcohol Policy in Ontario CoI is to prevent alcohol misuse (including addiction) at a population level vis-à-vis the implementation of evidence-informed interventions addressing the seven alcohol policy levers:

  1. Alcohol pricing and taxation
  2. Alcohol availability
  3. Managing the drinking environment
  4. Drinking and driving countermeasures
  5. Restrictions on marketing
  6. Education and persuasion
  7. Treatment and early intervention 

Goals

The objectives of the Alcohol Policy in Ontario CoI and Working Group are to facilitate:

  • More collaboration and partnership in sectors outside of public health
  • Easier access to high-quality evidence and evaluated programs that would allow for more efficient program and policy development/implementation at a jurisdictional level
  • The creation of a forum for meaningful discussion regarding trending topics pertaining to alcohol policy at a provincial level

Status

The CoI is currently in its launch phase. There is a core working group that consists of: researchers, scientists, physicians, a prosecutor with the Toronto Police Service, someone with lived experience, a knowledge broker, and five public health members. The core group is currently in the process of mapping specific outcomes and activities for the upcoming year, and will be opening up and welcoming general membership to the CoI once these are established (aiming for Fall 2017).  

General membership in the CoI would include stakeholders in: public health, enforcement, education, hospitality, municipalities, professional organizations, NGOs, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention stakeholders, union associations, Addiction & Mental Health agencies, e.g. CAMH, and health organizations e.g. PHO. 

Project Contact: 

COI Lead: Hilary Cutler, Health Promoter, Healthy Living Program,  705.474.1400 ext 2631

 

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