Women & Alcohol: When Equal is Not Better


Women & Alcohol: When Equal is Not Better

December 6, 2023


Webinar Description

More than 40,000 women die of alcohol use each year, and nearly 1 in 5 women report binge drinking in the past month. Alcohol use affects women differently. Additionally, the immediate effects of alcohol occur more quickly and last longer in women than men, leading women to be more susceptible to alcohol-related harm including breast cancer, liver cirrhosis and disease, cognitive decline, and violence and assault. While there are individual factors associated with these consumption patterns and related harms, this presentation will focus on environmental factors and opportunities for population-level responses to the specific issues facing women.


Webinar Objectives

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the trends in alcohol consumption among women, including related harms
  • Discuss how the 4p’s (product, promotion, place, and price) directly affect women
  • Explore opportunities and actions that individuals, coalitions, health departments, policy makers, and other stakeholders can take to prevent and reduce excessive drinking among women


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Alicia Sparks, PhD, MPH, is the Chair of the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance and a Senior Principal at Synergy Enterprises, where she serves as the Project Director for NIAAA’s APIS contract, as well as SAMHSA’s STOP Act contract. Dr. Sparks served as Project Director for CDC’s alcohol advertising monitoring project, for which she directed a team of researchers in conducting analyses of Nielsen data to determine alcohol industry compliance with self-governed rules on advertising alcohol to youth audiences. She has more than 12 years of experience in alcohol policy research, including designing, implementing, and evaluating studies, programs, and policies. Dr. Sparks has led the development of numerous publications on alcohol policy, including the 2022 Implementing Community-Level Policies to Prevent Alcohol Misuse evidence-based resource guide and the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has presented at more than a dozen conferences. She is co-chair of the Alcohol Policy conference series and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Global Alcohol Policy Conference.



Contact Kathy Gardner ([email protected]) if you have additional questions about the content related to this webinar.

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