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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

CCSA is excited to have received funding from Health Canada to lead an initiative to update Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (LRDG). The updated guidelines will provide Canadians information to make well-informed and responsible decisions about their alcohol consumption. They will address the unique needs of specific target groups that are particularly at risk, such as youth, women and people with chronic diseases. We expect to release the new guidelines in 2022.

For more information about this project, please contact the project coordinator at llevett@ccsa.ca.

Project Background

Project Background

Since the original release of Canada’s LRDGs in November 2011, new evidence has been uncovered on alcohol-related mortality and morbidity. Research has also evolved on how drinking alcohol contributes to social harms. Other countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia, recently updated their guidelines to reduce the health risks of alcohol consumption.

The LRDG update will be the result of a collaborative process among CCSA, scientists, knowledge mobilization specialists and representatives of various Canadian organizations, including Health Canada. The process will be consensual and based on co-operation. It will also be voluntary and flexible. All parties will participate with equal status and the expression of each parties’ points of views will be encouraged.

Project Committees

Executive Committee

Rita Notarandrea, Co-chair CEO, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Eric Costen, Co-chair Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Canada
Scott Hannant Director, Public Affairs and Communications, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Anna Romano Vice-President, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch, Public Health Agency of Canada 
Taryn Walsh Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, British Columbia
Frank Cesa Director, Office of Alcohol Policy, Controlled Substances Directorate, Health Canada
Dr. Heather Morrison Chief Public Health Officer, Prince Edward Island, and Chair, Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health
Dr. Sam Weiss Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Two co-chairs have been selected to lead the Scientific Expert panels:

Dr. Catherine Paradis, Co-chair Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Dr. Peter Butt, Co-chair Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Knowledge Mobilization Expert Panel

Dr. Justin Presseau Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and Associate Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health and School of Psychology, University of Ottawa
Dr. Tim Stockwell Scientist, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, and Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria
Dr. Erin Hobin Scientist, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health Ontario
Jennifer Heatley Project Executive, Health Promotion, Department of Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia
Brittany Sauvé Manager, Office of Alcohol Policy, Health Canada
Dr. Sharon Straus Director, Knowledge Translation Program, Physician-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital, and Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Dr. Danielle Buell Chief Medical Resident, St. Michael’s Hospital

Medical Effects Expert Panel

Dr. Kevin D. Shield Independent Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, and Head, World Health Organization/Pan-American Health Organization Collaborating, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Dr. Daniel Myran Family Physician and Resident, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa
Dr. Adam Sherk Postdoctoral Fellow, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, University of Victoria
Dr. Matthew Young Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Frank Cesa Director, Office of Alcohol Policy, Controlled Substances Directorate, Health Canada

Mental Health and Social Effects Expert Panel

Dr. Samantha Wells Professor, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University
Dr. Mark Asbridge Professor, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University
Dr. Kara Thompson Assistant Professor of Psychology, St. Francis Xavier University
Dr. Nancy Poole Director, British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health
Dr. Tim Naimi Director, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, University of Victoria
Frank Cesa Director, Office of Alcohol Policy, Controlled Substances Directorate, Health Canada

Working Group

Dr. Hanie Edalati Researcher, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Dr. Christine Lévesque Researcher, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Dr. Alan Martino Knowledge Broker, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Dr. Jennifer Reynolds Knowledge Broker, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Secretariat

Lauren Levett Project Coordinator, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Method Advisors

Dr. Marc Avey Senior Manager, Global Health and Guidelines Division, Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Kate Morissette Senior Epidemiologist, Global Health and Guidelines Division, Public Health Agency of Canada

These expert panels will use an internationally recognized framework called the GRADE ADOLOPMENT approach. Using this evidence to decision framework for adoption, adaptation and de novo development of trustworthy recommendations will ensure that the latest and best scientific evidence is correctly and appropriately collected, analyzed, interpreted and reported in a transparent manner.

In addition, any potential conflicts of interests among members of the panels will be declared and managed according to the approach of the World Health Organization.

Project Activities

Project Activities

The table lists key activities and supporting documentation related to the development of the updated Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.

Key Milestones and Activities Date Resources
Prioritization meeting – Mental Health and Social Effects Panel October 26, 2020 Agenda
Prioritization meeting – Medical Effects Panel October 21, 2020 Agenda
Orientation meeting September 29–30, 2020 Agenda
Record of Discussion, Day 1
Record of Discussion, Day 2
Launch meeting September 17, 2020 Kickoff Meeting Agenda

 

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