Rethinking Drinking: When the Bar’s the Place to Be – CEU’s

Sponsor: Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction TTA, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (DPH/BSAS)


This one-hour course will review current epidemiological trends related to alcohol consumption and alcohol use disorder among gender and sexuality diverse (GSD) people. Contributing factors to higher rates of alcohol use disorder (AUD) among GSD populations will be reviewed through a minority stress framework for participants. The course will also review strategies for improving cultural responsiveness in traditional alcohol treatment programs for GSD populations. Following a 45-minute didactic there will be a 15-minute Q+A period to address current issues and concerns related to implementation of evidence-based practice strategies for improving care and treatment of GSD populations with AUD.

Intended audience

The entire multidisciplinary team providing treatment for substance use disorders in an office-based setting as well as anyone in a clinical or non-clinical position that is interested in learning about harm reduction & GSD populations.


Justin Alves, MSN, FNP-BC, ACRN, CARN, CNE (he/him)

Justin is a clinical nurse educator with Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance, where he contributes to peer-reviewed publications, evidence-based clinical guidelines, development and delivery of continuing education programs, and other resources for providers supporting patients with substance use disorders. Justin is also a nurse practitioner at Boston Medical Center and the nursing director of two housing first programs operated by the Justice Resource Institute, Inc. He has expertise in infectious diseases and their co-occurrence with substance use disorders, community outreach, and harm reduction. Justin’s work in HIV/AIDS includes being president of the Boston Chapter of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, consulting for the New England AIDS Education Training Center, and other positions. He currently sits on the stimulant work group for the Opioid Response Network (ORN), the advisory board of the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and the item writing committee for the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB). Justin received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Northeastern University in 2013, his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 2020, and his Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 2023. He also holds certification as a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse (CARN) through the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB), certification as an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN) through the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board (HANCB), and is a certified nurse educator (CNE) through the National League of Nursing.


  • Describe the prevalence of alcohol use disorders among GSD populations.
  • Identify at least 2 contributing factors to higher rates of alcohol consumption among GSD populations.
  • Recall at least 3 strategies to improve cultural responsiveness to the treatment of AUD among GSD populations. 

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Event Details

June 21, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm