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Alcohol Labelling – The Canadian context, Health Promotion Capacity Building, Public Health Ontario

June 29, 2015

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The use of standard product labels to convey health-related information about food and beverages is now widespread in Canada, except in the case of alcoholic beverages. This is despite the fact that approximately 80 per centof the population reports drinking alcohol at least once in the past year 1(,2), and that there is clear evidence that links drinking alcohol with significant harm and cost.  

This webinar will review current research on standard alcohol labelling. Montana Osiowy will review her 2014 publication How much did you actually drink last night? An evaluation of standard drink label as an aid to monitoring personal consumption.  Dr. Erin Hobin will conduct a follow up on her December 2014 webinar, Standard Alcohol Labelling and finally, Dr. Tim Stockwell will review alcohol labelling at the national level and provide stakeholders with next steps and recommendations.


  • Jason LeMar is a health promotion consultant who works in the area of alcohol policy at Public Health Ontario (PHO).
  • Dr.Tim Stockwell is the Director of the Centre for Addiction Research of British Columbia at the University of Victoria.
  • Montana Osiowy is entering her third year of medical school at the University of British Columbia.
  • Dr. Erin Hobin is a Scientist in Heath Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at Public Health Ontario and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo.

Learning objectives

By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  • Receive an update on the December 1st, 2014, webinar, Standard Alcohol Labelling
  • Understand research on standard drink labels as an aid to monitoring personal consumption
  • Become aware of the current landscape of alcohol labeling in Canada
  • Gain some information on next steps and recommendations for public health stakeholders

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1. Health Canada. Canadian and Drug Use Monitoring Survey: summary of results for 2012 [Internet]. Ottawa, ON: Government of Canada; 2014 [cited 2015 Apr 24]. Available from:

2. Rehm J, Ballunas D, Brochu S, Fisher B, Gnam W, Patra J, et al. The costs of substance abuse in Canada 2002: highlights. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse; 2006. Avaiable from: