6th Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day (CARD) 2021

by HCC

6th Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day (CARD) 2021.

The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) in partnership with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, continued it’s annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day (CARD) webinar series with a webinar entitled Live Better, Drink Less: Challenges and Opportunities in the Caribbean, which took place on Friday December 3, 2021. The theme for 2021 was chosen in support of PAHO’s regional alcohol awareness campaign ‘LIVE BETTER, DRINK LESS, alcohol gets in the way’.

The HCC and partners have held an annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day for the past five years, under the themes and titles: The Misuse of Alcohol (2016); Drink less, Reduce Cancer (2017); Youth: Let’s talk about alcohol (2018);  Women and Alcohol (2019) and Alcohol and COVID-19 (2020).

LIVE BETTER, DRINK LESS, alcohol gets in the way’ PAHO’s regional alcohol awareness campaign website.

Live Better, Drink Less
Deaths from alcohol-related causes

Live Better, Drink Less
Health Implications of Alcohol

This year’s webinar was entitled Live Better, Drink Less: Challenges and Opportunities in the Caribbean.

The objectives of the webinar were:

  1. To share the recently launched PAHO Regional Campaign ‘LIVE BETTER, DRINK LESS, alcohol gets in the way’.
  2. To provide an update on the regional progress in alcohol policy implementation including discussion of barriers and opportunities.
  3. To share recent data on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Alcohol Consumption in Jamaica.

The webinar took the form of a series of brief presentations followed by a brief question and answer session.

  • Introduction: Maisha Hutton HCC Executive Director, Professor Rohan Maharaj, HCC Alcohol Policy Advisor, Professor of Family Medicine of University of the West Indies
  • Presentations: Moderator, Maisha Hutton
  • ‘LIVE BETTER, DRINK LESS, alcohol gets in the way’Dr. Maristela Monteiro, Senior Advisor on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, PAHO
  • Alcohol Policy in the Caribbean UpdateProfessor Rohan Maharaj, HCC Alcohol Policy Advisor, Professor of Family Medicine of University of the West Indies
  • Impact of Alcohol Consumption on the Psychological Well- being of Jamaicans during the Coronavirus Disease-19 (COVID-19) PandemicMr. Paul Andrew Bourne, Department of Institutional Research, Northern Caribbean University, Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica, West Indies
  • Youth & Alcohol – See What We SeeMs. Danielle Walwyn, HCC Advocacy Officer , Coordinator, Healthy Caribbean Youth (HCY)
  • Question & Answer Session: Moderator – Maisha Hutton
  • Closing & Thanks: Maisha Hutton and Professor Rohan Maharaj
Maisha Hutton

Maisha Hutton
HCC Executive Director

Professor Rohan Maharaj

Professor Rohan Maharaj
HCC Alcohol Policy Advisor, Professor of Family Medicine of University of the West Indies

Dr. Maristela Monteiro

Dr. Maristela Monteiro
Senior Advisor on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, PAHO

Mr. Paul Andrew Bourne

Mr. Paul Andrew Bourne
Department of Institutional Research, Northern Caribbean University, Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica, West Indies

Ms. Danielle Walwyn

Ms. Danielle Walwyn
HCC Advocacy Officer, Coordinator, Healthy Caribbean Youth (HCY)

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