5th Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day: Webinar - Alcohol and COVID-19 - Nov 24, 2020 11:00 AM AST
5th Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day: Webinar - Alcohol and COVID-19
Healthy Caribbean Coalition, PAHO, CARPHA, and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Webinar
November 24 at 11:00am AST.
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) in partnership with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, is pleased to announce the continuation of the annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day (CARD) webinar series. The HCC and partners have held an annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day for the past four years, under the themes and titles: The Misuse of Alcohol (2016); Drink less, Reduce Cancer (2017); Youth: Let's talk about alcohol (2018); and Women and Alcohol (2019).
The objective of the fifth CARD webinar entitled "Alcohol and COVID-19" is to reflect on the alcohol consumption patterns over the course of the pandemic; the reciprocal impact of mental health under crisis conditions on alcohol consumption and related harms and comorbidities; government and alcohol industry action during the pandemic; and to discuss priority alcohol policy and programming, related mental health policy and programming and industry regulations moving forward as the pandemic continues.
This year's theme is most topical and critical to examine because of the specific harms and comorbidities related to alcohol consumption during this public health crisis. The interconnected nature of alcohol consumption, mental health and NCDs during the COVID-19 pandemic requires close examination in order to best devise strategies to manage these harms and to regulate alcohol sales, promotion and consumption as we continue into the prolonged social and economic conditions of the pandemic.
The webinar will highlight how alcohol use during the coronavirus pandemic is related to and impacted by poor mental health, government regulation and industry action. Through a roundtable format, a diverse panel of experts and advocates will share regional research on alcohol use patterns and associated risk and harms, linkages with mental health and the impact of government and industry action. Finally, policy strategies and recommendations will be discussed that are focused on reducing alcohol consumption and associated harms, mitigating poor mental health arising from pandemic conditions and regulating industry marketing activity.
The webinar will take the form of a series of brief presentations followed by a roundtable discussion and a question and answer session.
Moderator - Sir Trevor Hassell HCC President
Alcohol use and COVID-19 - Findings of a PAHO Survey - Dr. Maristela Monteiro, Senior Advisor on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, PAHO
Clinical perspectives on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and alcohol consumption - Dr. John Dillet, Consultant Psychiatrist, Mental Health Professional, The Bahamas
Mental health and substance use among youth during the COVID-19 pandemic - Ms. Safiya Clarke-Mendes, Recent MHP Graduate, HCC Volunteer Researcher, Youth Advocate
COVID-19 and the Alcohol Industry - Helpful or Harmful? - Prof. Rohan Maharaj, HCC Alcohol Policy Advisor, Professor of Family Medicine of University of the West Indies
Policy and programming recommendations - GAS & SAFER - Dr. Maristela Monteiro, Senior Advisor on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, PAHO
Fit Break - Ms. Danielle Walwyn, Advocacy Officer, Healthy Caribbean Coalition
Roundtable Disucssion/Question & Answer Session - Sir Trevor Hassell HCC President
Closing - Sir Trevor Hassell HCC President