On Thursday November 29th the HCC with the support of partners PAHO, CARPHA, CARICOM Secretariat and the UWI Open Campus, will host the 3rd Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day.
ALCOHOL IN THE CARIBBEAN: 3RD ANNUAL CARIBBEAN ALCOHOL REDUCTION DAY
Youth: Let’s Talk About Alcohol
One of the key events in support of CARD 2018 was the hosting of a webinar. The webinar featured global and regional experts who discussed patterns and drivers of alcohol consumption among youth and explored policy options to reduce the harmful use of alcohol within this group.
- Youth drinking in the Americas: where we are and what can we do? – Dr. Maristela Monteiro, Senior Advisor Alcohol and Substance Abuse, PAHO view/download
- Youth and Alcohol Advertising – A brief review – Dr. Rohan Maharaj, HCC Alcohol Policy Advisor; Senior Lecturer, UWI view/download
- Let’s Talk About Alcohol – Perspectives from Young People – Krystal Boyea, NCD Youth Advocate view/download
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Objectives of CARD 2018
- Increase public and policymaker awareness about the levels of youth alcohol consumption and the associated short- and long-term harms.
- Initiate a parental influencer campaign which calls on parents and guardians to actively participate in alcohol reduction in the youth by:
• Speaking to young people about alcohol and its dangers.
• Reducing availability and acceptability of alcohol use in the home.
• Engaging discussion around the drinking culture and associated pressures.
• Acting as guides to help young people understand and process alcohol advertising around them.
- Sensitise the public about the new WHO SAFER alcohol control initiative to prevent and reduce alcohol-related death and disability and the Global Status report on alcohol and health in 2018.
- Call on Policy makers to implement specific policies to reduce alcohol consumption among young people (WHO Best Buys).
1. Increase excise taxes on alcoholic beverages.
2. Enact and enforce bans or comprehensive restrictions on exposure to alcohol advertising (across multiple types of media).
3. Reducing alcohol availability in community setting by more strictly regulating alcohol distribution licenses especially around youth-oriented events.
4. Work towards a minimum pricing of alcohol across Caribbean communities.
The 2nd Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day (CARD) took place on November 17th 2017, The theme was: Drink Less, Reduce, Cancer.
The harmful use of alcohol, along with tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, is recognized as one of four major common risk factors for NCDs; yet alcohol has received comparatively less attention than the other 3 risk factors. Alcohol contributes to cancer, liver and heart disease, mental illness, violence, accidents and injuries. Read more.
The 1st Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day took place on November 18th 2016 and the theme was: Misuse of alcohol is a bigger problem than you think.
It was an initiative of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) aimed at sensitising the people of the Caribbean to the harmful effects of abuse of alcohol and encouraging them to “drink less and live better”. Read more.