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Alcohol, culture and motherhood. 24– 27 August 2010, Maynooth (Ireland)

For centuries we have been confronted with "crisis" notions of maternal consumption throughout Europe. Recent treatments of alcohol and health have reiterated these feminized concerns. Without engaging in "problem deflation" we will interrogate how crises are imagined and sustained.

Youth drinking and binge drinking. 25 February 2010, Brussels

The Department of Health and Consumer of the European Commission, DG SANCO, is organising a seminar on Youth drinking and binge drinking.

Date: 25 February 2010, Time: 10:00 - 17:00 hrs

Despite the increasing scientific evidence on the adverse effects that alcohol consumption can have on children, worrying trends of (binge) drinking by children are a reality in all parts of the EU. This increasingly results in their hospitalisation or otherwise causing use of emergency care because of alcohol intoxication.

The Social Cost of Alcohol: Passive drinking. 2 February 2010. Brussels

Drinking alcohol is a deeply ingrained part of the European society; each year, the average intake per adult is equivalent to 1,400 small beers (11 litres of pure alcohol).

The consequences of drinking go far beyond the individual drinker's health and well-being. They include acts of drunken violence, vandalism, sexual assault, road accidents, harm to the unborn fetus, child abuse, and a huge health burden carried by both the National Health Systems and friends and family who care for those damaged by alcohol.

KBS-thematic meeting on ‘Episodic heavy drinking among adolescents'. 10 - 12th December 2009. Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

In the 20th century, young people have been seen maturing earlier, physically, psycho-socially, and intellectually. During the same time, however, there have been indications of a deferment of adulthood. Modern adult life has become more complex and demanding, and seems to require a longer preparatory phase. Perhaps, the earlier maturation of western youth makes them more vulnerable to the shady sides of adult life at a younger age, such as alcohol and drug abuse.

Evidence seems unequivocal that adolescents in Western societies drink more now than decades ago. This has raised concerns in several countries, translated in calls for action, such as an increase in the age limits on drinking. One could argue that these, mostly, adult concerns are fueled by this contradictory trend of adolescents maturing earlier, but growing up later. A concentrated drinking pattern has been a quite stable characteristic among the young in Western cultures. The term ‘binge drinking' has been increasingly used to denote such episodic, heavy, concentrated drinking pattern. Increasing trends in drinking and adverse consequences particularly among young people have sensitized the research community, politicians, and the general public.

KBS is happy to announce the intention of four Dutch institutes, collaborating in the IVO-consortium, and Trimbos Institute (Utrecht) to organise a 3-day, so called KBS-thematic meeting on the topic of ‘Episodic heavy drinking among adolescents'.

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Alcohol and injuries, risk factor and prevention. 25 November 2009, Łódź (Poland)

Alcohol is a key health determinant and is responsible for about 7 % of all ill-health and early death in Europe, which makes it the third leading risk factor after tobacco and high blood pressure. Alcohol use is associated with an increased risk of injury in a wide variety of setting and shown to be a significant contributory risk factor in the occurrence of: road traffic accidents, accidents at home, in the workplace and during recreational and sports activities, fires and drowning, violence and suicide. Alcohol can also be a cause of death from accidental overdose.

This preconference will highlight studies on alcohol as a risk factor in accident occurrence, and will present strategies for overcoming the alcohol burden. A network of 15 European umbrella organisations has identified alcohol as one of the key factors for injury. A statement on “Alcohol, accidents and injuries” is under development and will be presented in this conference.

Venue: Andel's Hotel, Lodz (Poland)
Cost: 50 Euro
Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Time: 13:00-17:00

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1300 Opening – welcome
Johan Lund, President of the Section on Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion
1315 Role and impact of alcohol on injuries and accidents, risk factors
Empty glasses and broken bones - Emergency department studies on alcohol and injury in Switzerland
Hervé Kuendig, Swiss Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Problems, Lausanne, Switzerland

Alcohol as a risk factor on injury mortality in eastern and western countries of Europe.
Witold Zatonski, Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology, Warsawa, Poland

Alcohol involvement in traffic accidents in Arkhangelsk region of Russia
Maria Gorbatova, International School of Public Health in Arkhangelsk (ISPHA)

1400 Questions and discussion with the presenters in a panel

1430 Break

1500 Strategies and action to be taken for reducing alcohol-related injuries
Strategies for overcoming the alcohol burden
Dinesh Sethi, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Rome Office

Alcohol as a cause of accidents and injuries: relevance for policymakers nationally and locally. Presentation of a policy statement.
Mariann Skar, Secretary General of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance

1545 Workgroup discussion on strategies to be taken and policy statement
Facilitator: Wim Rogmans, Secretary General of the European Association for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

1645 Conclusions from the group discussion, Chair: Johan Lund

1700 Closing

WASTED: An International Conference on Alcohol and Young People. 20 November 2009. Kent

An International Conference on Alcohol and Young People', the annual conference of the Health and Europe Centre.

The conference will provide examples of interventions trialed in a range of settings in the UK, Europe and North America, which have shown promising results in reducing alcohol consumption amongst children and young people.

Speakers will include Tony Goodall, Alcohol and Substance Misuse Lead for NHS Leeds and Dr Lars Møller, European Regional Advisor for the World Health Organisation. Case studies will include the Strengthening Families Programme (UK), Örebro Prevention Programme (Sweden) and the ‘Be Under Your Own Influence' social marketing campaign from the USA.

Delegates will contribute to a lively discussion about how the showcased examples could be adapted to enhance local service delivery and the steps necessary to achieve this.

The cost of attending this conference is £75.00 + VAT. The working language of the conference is English.

The conference will run from 9am until 4.30pm. For further information about the speakers, case studies and to register Click here

Youth, Alcohol & Crime (Problems & Effective Responses). International Conference. 13th November 2009, Bristol.

Youth, Alcohol and Crime (Problems and Effective Responses)
An international conference organised by the University of the West of England
Friday 13 November 2009 at the Watershed, Bristol

Alcohol Concern Annual Conference 2009. 4 November 2009, London

Future proof? How does the UK become a social drinker?

Is the tide finally turning for alcohol policy? As Alcohol Concern celebrates 25 years of campaigning to reduce alcohol harms, we look to the future; where are we going and what action is needed to get to grips with the nation's alcohol problems.

Confirmed speakers include: Professor Martin Plant, Professor Mark Bellis, Norman Lamb MP, Anne Milton MP, Julia Unwin (Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

Early-bird booking rates (by 4 September): Alcohol Concern Members: £150 (+ VAT); Non-members: £200 (+ VAT)

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NordAN conference: The symbolism of alcohol and drinking. 23 - 25 October 2009. Helsinki

In the Northern and Baltic countries alcohol is considered one of the most obvious articles of food and stimulant in our culture and it is inseparably linked with discussions about public health, social damages and costs.

When ever we communicate on alcohol and drinking we find our selves in a main distributing frame between facts of harm from the public health community mostly based on findings from the scientific and medical research and a more humanistic, social scientific approach on peoples own needs, habits and experiences, often with strong touch of historical myths and symbols clinging to it.

When it comes to the alcohol industries marketing of alcohol products it is understood that the advertising language seldom touches the facts of harm and danger but is based on reinforcement of the positive cultural symbols.

Advertising is first of all used to strengthen the popular preconceived ideas about alcohol consumption. These ideas have not been forced on potential consumers, they are instead enshrined in our cultural background and admen only have to use affirmation and intensification of pre-exiting, conscious and unconscious images. Alcohol consumption is still very often associated by advertisers with personal, sexual and social success in an often very basic and easy seductive language.

To support the public health and social wellbeing of the population one need to have a clear understanding of the ingredients of both sets of “communications” on alcohol and given all the facts of the negative consequences especially give attention to the positive image of alcohol and drinking enshrined in the minds of people most; ordinary citizens and not least the decision makers, with practical experience of alcohol in everyday life

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