Alcohol Use Disorders (18) Stigma (2) Do people understand the harms of alcohol? (1)

5 February, 2024

Dear All,

I'm Miriam Chickering, CEO of We aim to democratize education across critical areas, including health and addiction.

Firstly, I'd like to extend my gratitude to Eduardo for initiating our discussion with a comprehensive overview of the health consequences associated with alcohol use underpinned by WHO data and relevant literature. His message serves as a crucial foundation for our forum's work.

Reflecting on Eduardo's points, it's clear that despite significant evidence of the harms caused by alcohol, there remains a pervasive lack of understanding among the public, policymakers, and even health professionals. This gap in awareness is concerning, especially considering the socio-economic and environmental ramifications of alcohol use. From my experience, practical education and open dialogue can play pivotal roles in enhancing understanding and changing perceptions.

One aspect that strikes me is the role of stigma in perpetuating alcohol use disorders. Stigma not only prevents individuals from seeking help but also silences the conversation around alcohol's broader impacts. How can we, as a community, work towards destigmatizing alcohol use disorders and encourage a more informed and empathetic approach to addressing this challenge?

I invite all members to share their insights, experiences, and suggestions on increasing public awareness, improving education, and reducing stigma. Together, we can foster a more informed society that understands the multi-dimensional harms of alcohol and supports those affected.

At, we have free materials addressing various aspects of the prevention and treatment of alcohol use disorders. Today, I'll share information about one of our free courses on this topic, and I'll share others as they are updated.

Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care

<>, see module three for alcohol-specific information.

Thank you for being so dedicated to this important cause. I look forward to a lively and insightful discussion.

Warm regards,

Miriam Chickering



Miriam Chickering RN, BSN, NE-BC

Chief Executive Officer*

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HIFA profile: Miriam Chickering, RN, is the CEO of and the Founder of Nurses International. Mrs. Chickering specializes in globally scaled solutions for healthcare and education. The programs she directs have and continue to make a lasting impact worldwide: provides learning materials through 300 universities, Nurses International creates critically needed learning materials for nurses in 147 countries, has trained over 30,000 humanitarians globally, and Public Health U trains 140 Masters-Level Public Health students each year from 50 countries. Mrs. Chickering received the 2021 Humanitarian Service Award for Transformative Global Leadership in Democratizing Education from NHSD/Humanitarian Pakistan and was a co-recipient of a 2021 award for Translating Science into Nursing Education from Sigma Theta Tau. mchickering AT