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2011 Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

Alcohol in Canada: reducing the toll through focused interventions and public health policies

For Immediate Release - February 7, 2011 (Toronto) - Alcohol consumption has risen in Canada while controls have been eroded, a situation that may increase an already high burden of harms that include acute and chronic disease, trauma and social problems. CAMH's Dr. Norman Giesbrecht and colleagues present evidence for a comprehensive response that includes restructured alcohol prices, controlled availability, curtailed marketing, lowered legal limits on blood alcohol concentration, improved access to services for high-risk drinkers and public education. Full article
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