Alcohol Related Links and Resources

Educational Materials

1. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health produces (1998) Choosing to Change: A Client-Centred Approach to Alcohol and Medication Use by Older Adults. Toronto, Ontario: Addiction Research Foundation.

This practical publication is written for non-addiction service providers who are in contact with older adults experiencing problems related to alcohol and/or psychoactive medications, and who are looking for ways to reach and help them. The publication  takes a holistic approach that accepts that harm reduction, or reduced substance use, may be an acceptable goal of treatment. It gives concrete examples of "what do I say to the person", at different stages of change.


2. Seniors Well Aware Program (SWAP) has developed an education and information module for care facilities (nursing homes) to help them consider what the care facility's alcohol policy should be. It is titled: Alcohol Use Does Not Stop at Your Door: A Planning Guide For Facilities. SWAP can be contacted at  604-633-4230


3. Victoria Innovative Seniors Treatment Approach (VISTA) has developed a pre-retirement education module with a set of six publications to help better inform seniors before retirement about ways of using leisure time effectively without unduly relying on alcohol as a time-filler. VISTA can be contacted at (250) 953-3966.

4. Women's Addiction Foundation has developed a plain language information sheet on Older Women and Alcohol.

Use this link for more Canadian educational materials on alcohol, and medication issues affecting seniors.


French Language Resources

This hyperlien will link you to some of the work currently being done in Quebec and other French locales on alcohol issues affecting seniors.


National and International Resources on Seniors and Alcohol Issues

1.  AlcoWeb

2. Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health    

33 Russell St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5S 2S1

3. Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse 

75 Albert Street, Suite 300
Ottawa, ON Canada K1P 5E7
Phone: (613) 235-4048

Fax: (613) 235-8101

4. Centre for Alcohol and Addictions Studies
Brown University,
Box G-BH,
Providence, RI

5. Health Canada

Caution: Medications! published by the National Advisory Council on Aging

Prudence : médicaments!


6. For Research Information in French and English, try:
Institut de Recherches Scientifiques Sur Les Boissons  This is research by alcohol producers.


6. Institute of Alcohol Studies (United Kingdom)

12 Caxton Street
London, United Kingdom
Tel +44 171 222 4001
Fax +44 171 799 2510

7. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

6000 Executive Boulevard - Willco Building
Bethesda, Maryland, USA

8. Alcohol Concern (United Kingdom)

And for information from Alcohol Concern specifically on seniors:

9. Gerontological Society of America

has a Special Interest Group on "Aging, Alcohol, and Addictions"





Internet Sources on Alcohol and Health Issues:

Alcohol and Cancer

Alcohol and Liver Disease

Harm Reduction

MEDLINEplus:  This is quite an extraordinary site. They use very clear language to explain medical conditions and terms. Search MEDLINEplus to find authoritative consumer health information.

This is what MEDLINEplus asks people to say about its site. Fortunately, the site is better than the wordy description they provide:


"MEDLINEplus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MEDLINEplus brings together, by health topic, authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other government, non-profit and other health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MEDLINEplus and give easy access to the medical research literature. It also provides you with a database of full-text drug information and an illustrated medical encyclopedia."




Aging Issues

Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University,

Room 2800- 515 West Hastings Street,

Vancouver, B.C., Canada,  V6G 1B5

Phone 1-604-291-5062.

Fax: 1-604-291-5066.


The Centre has produced several articles on Seniors and Alcohol. See GRC News,

a) The Role of Family and Friends (1996)

b) The Ethics of Intervention (1996)

c) Understanding the Stigma of Alcoholism Among Seniors (1997)
d) Alcohol and Health (1997)

e) Roles of Alcohol in Falls (1999)

Health Issues

Health Canada, Health Promotion and Programs Branch,


Canadian Health Network / Réseau canadien de la santé

The CHN is a growing network of more than 600 major health organizations across Canada that includes federal, provincial and territorial governments, national health and community-based organizations, universities, hospitals and libraries.  Through its network of partners, the CHN provides links to over 11,000 Canadian web-based resources with in-depth information on 26 key health topics and population groups.



B.C. Centre of Excellence for Women's Health

Women's Addiction Foundation,

Caregiver Organizations

Caregiver Resources:

Canadian resource, that among other things includes a Canadian Service directory.

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