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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.


  • Lindsay Winger (Chair), Assistant Dean, Support Services and Community Engagement
  • Mark Erdman, Manager, Community Relations and Issues, University Relations
  • Cathy Edwards, Safe and Sober Alliance Rep.
  • Kate Humphrys, Health Promotion Coordinator, Student Wellness Services
  • Joel Keenleyside, Manager, Security Operations, Campus Security and Emergency Services
  • Kate Murray Director, Residence Life
  • Kim Murphy, Executive Director, Risk and Safety Services
  • Jennifer Pete, Associate Director, Event Services
  • Lana Unsworth, Associate Director, Marketing, Communications and Events, Athletics and Recreation
  • Leah Wales, Executive Director, Housing and Ancillary Services
  • Representative, Alumni Relations
  • Representative, AMS
  • Representative, SGPS

Reference documents

Queen's University Alcohol Policy, May 26, 2020