About this issue

Increasing attention is being brought to the issue of substance use by girls and young women, and the associated health and social consequences of heavy drinking, smoking cigarettes, as well as the use of both licit and illicit substances. Historically young men have been more likely than young women to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and use illicit substances, but local, national, and international data now show that this gender gap in substance use is closing.

In this section you can find:

  • Information sheets and other summaries on girls and substance use in Canada
  • Other Documents such as a list of multimedia and print resources on girls and alcohol and facilitator and group manuals for girls' group programming
  • Webcast presentations
  • Links to websites, including examples of gender-informed prevention and treatment for girls and young women


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