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The Alcohol in the News digest is sent out regularly to all subscribers and contains alcohol-related news from around the world. Note that, depending on the issuing publication, some links may expire after 7 days. In that case, contact the news agency or publication directly to try and obtain a copy.

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The Issues to Watch feature, housed on the home page, highlights broader issues of particular concern expressed by those involved in alcohol policy. (see also topic-specific Information Packs.)

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Alcohol Policy Network to transition to Public Health Ontario

Alcohol Policy Network to transition to Public Health Ontario on April 1, 2012
In the past two years, the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) has been refocusing its efforts towards enhancing its contribution to not only its members, but also to advancing public health within the province. In consideration of the needs of its membership, mandate and strategic direction, OPHA has made the difficult decision to divest the Alcohol Policy Network (APN) to Public Health Ontario (PHO). OPHA believes this move will not only support its own goals and objectives, but also benefit APN’s clients and stakeholders.

APN has built a reputation as a support for a province-wide network of over 600 individuals and organizations dedicated to the promotion of healthy public policy with respect to alcohol. As of April 1, 2012, PHO will deliver APN services as part of its capacity building services under the direction of Dr. Heather Manson and her Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention team.

Public health practitioners will benefit from increased access to PHO’s scientists, content experts, applied research and our capacity for program evaluation, planning and knowledge exchange. In turn, APN’s services will allow PHO to coordinate, align and build capacity resources in alcohol policy.

APN has a long history with OPHA. PHO looks forward to future opportunities to collaborate with OPHA to strengthen the public health system in Ontario.

Over the coming months, PHO will be collaborating closely with APN, OPHA and you, our stakeholders, regarding the new service model and to ensure continuity of service during this transition. Our website will be updated as more information becomes available. For frequently asked questions and answers, visit the Public Health Ontario website.

To contact us and access our services, please click here.


April 2012 Issues to Watch
The April 2012 of Issues to Watch is now available online. In this article we discuss how Campus Alcohol Policies are seen to Mitigate Alcohol-Related Harms along with Reflections on Alcohol Policy in Ontario. Please visit the following link for details.

The Ninth Annual Alcohol Policy Forum
The 9th annual Alcohol: No ordinary commodity forum occurred on February 27th to 28th, 2012, with resounding success. Keynote speaker Ann Dowsett Johnston along with Michael Perley, Andrew Murie, Marvin Krank, and other dynamic speakers discussed Influencing Alcohol Policy: Affecting Change through Research, Media, and AdvocacyFor presentations, background readings and related resources from this event, please visit here.


Published Research
We are pleased to share that APN’s research paperAlcohol and Community-based Violence, has been published in the McMaster University Medical Journal (Spring 2011 edition). Please visit for details and to download this free manuscript.