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French Language Alcohol Related Links and Resources


Below are listed a number of French language sites.  

July 9, 2002    À toi de juger : Qu'est- ce qu'une boisson alcoolisée?

May 20, 2002   "Les  Médicaments et les Aînés". "Une pilule, docteur!"

May 20, 2002   La Banque de donées sur al politique et les programmes touchant les aînés du Canada

La BDPPA est une banque de données sur les politiques et programmes gouvernementaux destinés principalement aux aînés. Elle a été développée et est tenue à jour par les gouvernements; fédéral, provinciaux et territoriaux.



Other highlights in this section:

  1. A French discussion of harm reduction.

  2.  A report on addictions in Quebec.

  3. A newsletter article by CPLT on the needs for Quebec services to better meet the needs of older adults with substance abuse problems.

  4.  A French bingo game education tool for older adults around alcohol issues.

  5. The role of alcoholic beverage industry in alcohol education in Quebec.

  6. An abstinence-focussed ex-drinker group in France describes the therapy continuum (“before, during and after the cure”)


 I.          CPLT (Comité permanent de lutte à la toxicomanie)

CPLT is a permanent committee in Quebec whose mandate is to annually analyze the general situation prevailing in Quebec in the field of drug addiction, identify new issues and the kinds of interventions needed in the context of a provincial strategy.

Their Website is  www.cplt.com/

A.   CPLT publishes a newsletter called <<En substance>>. 

The February, 2001 edition is devoted to older adults. See: www.cplt.com/substance/substance.pdf  In an article titled <<La toxicomanie sur les aînés: l’urgence d’agir>>, CPLT describes how the Ministry of Social Services in its Addiction Plan for 1998-2001 identified older adults as needing special intervention or assistance in the addiction area. Quebec is currently collecting a body of information on who is currently providing alcohol-related services in Quebec  to older adults.

The newsletter also talks about the success of a day of study on addiction of older adults at which they brought together participants from the addiction treatment centres, CLSCS (community services centres,) CHSLDs (Centre hérbergement et de soins de long durée or in English, long term care housing), hospital complexes and community organizations.

CHSLDs are what some provinces call “supportive living” or others call “assisted living”. CHSLDs offer services to the adult and elderly population who, by reason of loss of autonomy can no longer live in their homes or foster homes despite the support of families and friends. The services can include lodging, assistance, support and monitoring as well as services of readjustment, psychosocial, nurses, pharmaceutical and medical services.

The local community services are pressing to have similar training on alcohol  issues affecting older adults  done with their staff.


B. Addiction in Quebec: 

The CPLT prepared a report on the addiction situation in Quebec, called  “Le point sur la situation toxicomanie au Québec, 1995-1999”, see: www.cplt.com/showdoc.php3?rp=1&ti=Le%20Point

There do not seem to be any specific parts of the report focussing on older adults, however, the report does emphasize several issues that also arise in the older population—

-- concurrent alcohol and mental health problems;

-- the special effects on women (the report notes that medications problems are much more common among women aged 45 and over); and

-- the social and economic costs of addiction in the province.

There is also a section on alcohol and other drug problems among people who are homeless.


C. Harm Reduction: The CPLT also has produced a 1999 report on harm reduction (“Toxicomanie et réduction des méfaits”). It can be found at:


Basically, there are several key points under the  harm reduction approach as it applies to substance misuse and abuse – its pragmatic and humanistic sources; the values underlying it; and its characteristics. In a harm reduction approach, addiction is treated as a public health issue, removed from idealism or moralism.  Among other things, it takes into account that

Harm reduction focuses on community social action, and is a reaction to paternalism and discrimination. It integrates a humanitarian, civil and political approach.


The basic values include universal and equitable access to care and collective resources, protection of health and security of the public,  as well as promotion of individual and collective health. At the same time, it stresses the rights of the citizen and promotion of their participation and social integration.


II.          Fédération des organismes communautaires et bénévoles d'aide et de soutien aux toxicomanes du Québec (FOBAST)


FOBAST is a non-profit, provincial group of community and volunteer organizations providing support and assistance to people with drug addictions in Quebec. FOBAST was founded in 1973. FOBAST gathers, directs and coordinates the actions of voluntary and community organizations which share its philosophy within drug-addiction prevention and rehabilitation.


FOBAST aims at promoting and coordinating the action of the voluntary organizations working in the field of the prevention of drug-addiction and the assistance with the drug addicts. The membership raise specific areas of concern. Training held this year at their conference focused on problem gambling.

Their Website is www.cam.org/fobast/index.html


III.          Association des intervenants en toxicomanie du Québec (AITQ)

AITQ brings together professionals, non-professionals and volunteers working in the field of drug-addiction in Quebec, and support ways in which the community can be actively involved in  drug-addiction prevention and assistance. Among other things, the mission of AITQ is to support the acquisition of new knowledge in the field of drug-addiction and support the exchanges between various speakers in drug-addiction (open dialogue).

Their objectives include:

AITQ has a Bingo Game which can be used with older adults to educate people on the problems associated with alcohol and medications in later life. See: www.aitq.com/documen/jeux.htm

Their Website is www.aitq.com/recherche/recherc.htm


IV.          Éduc’alcool

Éduc'alcool represents the various partners in the alcoholic beverage industry in Quebec. During the last decade it has been engaged in many programs, focussing on accountability, moderation and a non-censuring approach. Much of the work focuses on drinking and driving education campaigns; educating young people about drinking; discussion about pregnancy and drinking; as well as training and raising awareness of bar/ restaurant staff.

Éduc'alcool is probably best known for “Operation Red Nose” (a program to avoid drinking and driving accidents during the holidays), and for their slogan: “Moderation: It’s a matter of Good Taste”, which promotes moderation, with a particular focus on consuming better quality beverages (quality, not quantity).

Éduc'alcool is a member of the International Council on Alcoholism and Addiction, a World Health Organization affiliate.  Executive director Hubert Sacy chairs the council's Alcohol Education Section.

Health or Senior Related Materials on their site:

There is an interesting section on the website called “To drink or not to drink: That is the health question”, which is an excerpt from a study on alcohol and health conducted by Hortense Fournier and Louise Nadeau of the University of Montreal. The study was commissioned by Éduc'alcool and published in May 1997. The full report is available in French. The excerpt and the highlights of the report are available in English.


Contains explicit reference to alcohol in moderation being good (more heart protective) for older adults, especially those more inclined to cardiovascular illnesses. By moderation, they are referring to no more than two drinks a day.

The summary also notes some of the inconsistencies among alcohol-heart research results that need further exploration. The authors also underscore that overall the longevity of people in France (1993 figures) was 77 years, as opposed to 78 years for Canada, so alcohol consumption is only one factor in longevity and health.


V.            Vie Libre

Vie Libre is one of a number of “ex drinker groups” which are very active in France, some of them pre-dating A.A. Some of these were originally denominational such as "Croix d'or" and "Croix bleue". "Vie Libre", "Joie et Santé", "Amitiés P.T.T." are lay associations.

There are several interesting elements on the Vie Libre website. The section on therapy, talks about three interrelated stages, “before, during, and after the cure”. The therapy is discussed in the context of health, and working to improve family relations. The approach is abstinence-based, but focuses on a “happy abstinence”. There is also an interesting section on dependence generally.

The section marked “Communiqué, gives a number of Vie Libre press releases which provide a glimpse into alcohol policy in France and Europe. For example, in a February 22nd, 2000 edition, Vie Libre describes the push and pull in policy about whether or not alcohol should be integrated and treated as a “drug” in the 3 year plan to fight drugs and drug addiction. Wine growers created  the European Institute of Wine and Health to inform the public the benefits of wine. Vie Libre discusses this in the context of the other health problems common in the country, as well as rate of accidents and violence. A February 2nd, 2000 press release commends the development of anti-cancer campaign in France that focuses on alcohol and tobacco as two chief risk factors in cancer development.



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