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Alcohol Working Group

The Alcohol Working Group (AWG) promotes the development of a campus culture in which students who choose to drink alcohol are most likely to do so in a safe manner and make responsible decisions about their use of alcohol to promote health and safety.


  • To establish an inventory of policies, programs, services and informational resources available to students at Queen’s

  • To review current alcohol-related policies, programs, services and relevant information available to students to ensure these reflect the best practices in mental health, are of high quality and are appropriate to students in the Queen’s environment

  • To recommend enhancements to existing programs and services or the creation of new programs and services where need arises or best practice suggests

  • To develop an outline of future initiatives related to the promotion of responsible alcohol use on campus

  • To oversee  implementation of responsible alcohol use initiatives on campus.

The AWG shall meet at least once per term.  Reports on existing programs and services shall be made to the Health and Wellness Steering Committee at least once per academic year or as requested. 

Queen's is a member of a national collaborative called Postsecondary Education Partnership – Alcohol Harms (PEP – AH), a partnership of Canadian post-secondary institutions, the Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction, and Universities Canada, that aims to reduce alcohol related harms on campuses.

The AWG is working with PEP-AH's evidence-based framework to identify initiatives across five strategic areas to inform next steps in the university's ongoing work to promote responsible drinking and student health and safety relating to alcohol use.


  • Beth Blackett, Student Wellness Services
  • Cathy Edwards, Safe and Sober Alliance Rep.
  • Mark Erdman, Marketing/Communications
  • Adam Grotsky, SGPS President
  • Chelsea Hollidge, AMS Vice-President Operations
  • Kathleen Julien-Michels, NAM, Central Intake Coordinator
  • Joel Keenleyside, Campus Security and Emergency Services
  • Palmer Lockridge, AMS Vice-President University Affairs
  • Kate Murray Director, Residence Life
  • Ellie Sadinsky, Executive Director, Student Affairs
  • Lana Unsworth, Athletics and Recreation
  • Lindsay Winger (Co-Chair), Assistant Dean, Support Services and Community Engagement
  • Cam Yung (Co-Chair), Rector
  • Representative, Alumni Relations

Reference documents

Campus Alcohol policy (2012)