CCSA applauds Nova Scotia for promoting a "culture of moderation" around alcohol use.



    OTTAWA, Aug. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
(CCSA), a national organization working to reduce alcohol- and drug-related
harm, welcomes Nova Scotia's new alcohol strategy, Changing the Culture of
Alcohol Use in Nova Scotia, and is particularly pleased that the provincial
strategy embraces a "culture of moderation" as outlined in recent
recommendations for a National Alcohol Strategy.
    An expert working group, co-chaired by CCSA, the Alberta Alcohol and Drug
Abuse Commission and Health Canada, was created to develop consensus on
recommendations for a National Alcohol Strategy. The multi-sectoral working
group had representatives from government, non-governmental organizations,
industry and regulatory bodies, and the research community. Nova Scotia is the
first province to interpret the recommendations for a National Alcohol
Strategy at the provincial level.
    "We are very pleased to see Nova Scotia's commitment to and investment in
reducing alcohol-related harm and we celebrate their efforts to proactively
address problematic alcohol use," said CCSA's Chief Executive Officer, Michel
Perron.
    Both the provincial and national strategic approaches focus on alcohol
from a public health perspective and underline alcohol's significant role in
contributing to health and social harms in Canada. The national report,
Reducing Alcohol-Related Harm in Canada: Toward a Culture of Moderation-
Recommendations for a National Alcohol Strategy addresses four key strategic
action areas: health promotion, prevention and education; health impacts and
treatment; availability of alcohol; and safer communities.
    "The development of recommendations for a National Alcohol Strategy was
the result of a collaborative and dedicated approach by a diverse group of
stakeholders and we must build on that success by ensuring a strong,
complementary and applied execution of the Strategy," said Mr. Perron. "As
co-chair, CCSA has taken an active role in promoting and monitoring the
implementation of this national initiative and has identified several
recommendations that will be a priority in the coming months, including
enhanced efforts to transfer knowledge around prevention, treatment and
population health policies and programs."
    To access the national report, please visit the CCSA website at
http://www.ccsa.ca or the website for the National Framework for Action to
Reduce the Harms Associated with Alcohol and Other Drugs and Substances in
Canada at http://www.nationalframework-cadrenational.ca/.

    About CCSA:
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    With a legislated mandate to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related
harms, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse provides leadership on national
priorities, fosters knowledge-translation within the field, and creates
sustainable partnerships that maximize collective efforts. CCSA receives
funding support from Health Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Brooke Bryce, Canadian Centre on Substance
Abuse (CCSA), (613) 235-4048 ext. 243, bbryce@ccsa.ca

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