How Addiction Begins: Opioid Addiction in Punjabi-Canadian Communities

By Ravia Dhaliwal This is part one of a three-part series of articles based on Ravia Dhaliwal’s Undergraduate Honours paper “Sikh Punjabi Masculinity and Barriers to Mental Health and Addiction Supports,” from the University of Alberta’s Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science program. This research was born out of personal experience. I had noticed … Continue reading How Addiction Begins: Opioid Addiction in Punjabi-Canadian Communities

I don’t drink because it’s my choice – isn’t that liberation?

By: Armin S. I don’t drink. I didn’t drink initially because I was never really exposed to alcohol in my household. Alcohol bottles and parties serving alcoholic beverages were not the norm. In fact, most family get-togethers consisted of religious prayers and hymns. My father does not drink, nor does my mother. As I grew … Continue reading I don’t drink because it’s my choice – isn’t that liberation?

A drunk middle-aged female at a Punjabi wedding reception – still a shocking image?

By: Armin S. I read an interested article on BBC News about three years ago. The headline of the article read as follows, “The stigma stopping Sikh women getting help with alcohol addiction.” As soon as I read the headline, I thought about the number of times I heard Punjabi males around me talk about … Continue reading A drunk middle-aged female at a Punjabi wedding reception – still a shocking image?