Dry January Tips to Get You Through a Month Without Drinking

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What is Dry January?

You might’ve heard all this talk about Dry January since the start of the new year. So what is it?

Basically, a phenomenon started in 2012 led by the charity, Alcohol Change UK. It’s a booze free challenge where participants don’t drink alcohol for the entire month of January.

For some, it’s easy especially after the holidays. Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, and New Years can mean lots of drinking; with friends, family, and coworkers. So, to give your body and mind a rest, January means no wine, beer, or other boozy treats.

Dry January Tips

Need help avoiding that glass of wine after a terrible day at work? We have some Dry January tips for you.

Make a mocktail

Craving a margarita at your favorite Mexican restaurant? Ask for a mocktail. Sparkling water with lime or lemon might not get you buzzed but can…

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8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research, Results and Relevance: Integrating Research, Policy and Promising Practice Around the World


March 6-9, 2019

This advanced level conference/meeting continues to bring together global experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration. It provides an opportunity to enhance understanding of the relationships between knowledge and research and critical actions related to FASD. First held in 1987, the conference brings together people passionate about this work in a stimulating environment where they can learn and forge new partnerships.


  • consider the implication and potential application of emerging evidence-based, and cutting edge research
  • expand and challenge their knowledge and understanding of hard science
  • explore different models of advanced practice from and across disciplines
  • engage in knowledge exchange and focused dialogue through formal sessions, networking and onsite meetings
  • develop connections and partnerships among global researchers, networks, governments, communities, service providers…

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In The News: ‘Dry January’ participants report weight loss, better sleep, more energy

o-WOMEN-TALKING-ON-COUCH-New U.K. research has found that taking part in Dry January, which involves staying away from alcohol for a month, could help people lose weight, sleep better, boost energy, save money, and reduce drinking long-term.

Carried out by the University of Sussex, the new study surveyed U.K. adults who took part in Dry January in 2018, an event which is organized by the charity Alcohol Change UK.

The first survey questioned 2,821 people who had registered for Dry January; the second questioned 1,715 in the first week of February; and the final survey included 816 participants in August.

The findings showed that those who take part in Dry January also report drinking less months later, with alcohol consumption also lower in August.

Participants also reported drinking on fewer days, with the average number of drinking days falling on average from 4.3 to 3.3 per week. The units consumed per drinking…

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Wishing you a Wonderful Holiday season and

we look forward to connecting with you in 2019!


       Northwest Peace FASD Society


   Gwen Vekved, Kim Sillito, Jen Duperron- Trydal

          Leanne Aspen and Jen Richards


Employment Opportunity: Provincial Coordinator (Executive Director) Temporary position, until May 2020 for the Alberta PCAP Council

If you are in the Edmonton area then this job may be for you!


The Alberta PCAP (Parent-Child Assistance Program) Council supports Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) prevention programs throughout Alberta by providing support through learning and networking events, training, and data collection services. The Provincial Coordinator will work from a home office to coordinate all projects of the PCAP Council, supervise two part-time staff, manage the organization’s budget, and prepare all necessary reporting.

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Health Canada proposes restrictions on sugary-alcoholic drinks

Published Wednesday, December 19, 2018 11:57AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 19, 2018 1:41PM EST

The federal government wants to clamp down on the rise of sugary, pre-mixed alcoholic drinks after research suggests the products are creating a public health risk among young people.

Health Canada said it is concerned with the dangers of these flavoured drinks that are high in alcohol and sold in large, single-serve cans.

The department wants to amend Food and Drug Regulations to reduce the amount of alcohol in this type of drink from the equivalent of four servings of alcohol per can.

The amount of alcohol in containers under one litre will be limited to no more than 1.5 servings.

The move comes after Athena Gervais, a 14-year-old Quebec girl, died in March after reportedly drinking FCKD UP, which contained 11.9 per cent alcohol. That’s equivalent to four standard drinks in a single 568-millilitre can for less than $4. The company that manufactured the drink ceased its production following her death.

The proposed regulatory changes would restrict the alcohol content in these beverages to 25.6 ml of alcohol when they are packaged in containers of 1,000 mL or less. But some advocates say the proposed changes don’t go far enough.

Educ’alcool, a lobby group that promotes responsible drinking, says it should be one can, one drink.

“We don’t deny that it’s better to limit to 1.5, rather than four, as it is the case now,” said Hubert Sacy from Educ’alcool.

“But it’s a very small step, and it’s insufficient and disappointing because we can do better.”

Health Canada said the taste of alcohol is often masked by a highly-sweetened flavour, which can lead to unintentional overconsumption, alcohol poisoning or death.

“I am deeply concerned by the increasing availability and appeal of these beverages that are high in alcohol, and their appeal to youth,” Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said in a press release.

“The new proposed regulations mark an important step in helping us ensure the safety of young Canadians. I encourage Canadians to review the proposed changes and to share their feedback.”

Health Canada’s low-risk drinking guidelines recommend two standard drinks per day for women and three for men.

“A quarter of youth in Canada under the legal drinking age use alcohol excessively, which can lead to learning and memory problems, car accidents, chronic diseases and violence,” Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer of Canada said in a press release.

“We need to take action to prevent problematic alcohol use from impacting youth and young adults. These regulations are a step in that direction.”

Health Canada proposes that under new regulations these type of drinks should be sold in the following formats: 7.2% alc/vol in a 355 mL container; 5.4% alc/vol in a 473 mL container; 4.5% alc/vol in a 568 mL container or 3.6% alc/vol in a 710 mL container.

A public consultation will be held from Dec. 22 to Feb. 5, with the proposed amendments published in the Canada Gazette.

The changes could come into effect in the spring.

With files from The Canadian Press 

For the full article visit https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-canada-proposes-restrictions-on-sugary-alcoholic-drinks-after-teen-death-1.4224315


CanFASD Free Online Training: Foundations in FASD


Foundations in FASD is a basic training course intended for everyone that will come into contact with individuals with FASD including all sectors of work, families, individuals with FASD, spouses, and the general public. This foundational level training program provides the perspective of individuals who have FASD, is evidence-based, employs a culturally sensitive approach, and is presented in a way that is responsive to the learners needs. Level 1 training will provide knowledge and understanding of:

  • an overview of FASD assessment and diagnosis in Canada
  • an introduction to FASD interventions and promising approaches
  • the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the fetus
  • the impact of alcohol on brain development
  • issues related to stigma and FASD
  • strategies for prevention and support
  • barriers to prevention and support
  • the signs and symptoms of FASD across the lifespan

A certificate will be provided to each participant upon completion.



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