Mar 06, 2013
By AM740 Staff
Alcohol is one of the greatest public health threats in Canada.
That’s the conclusion of a report released today that says provinces are not doing enough to curb alcohol’s deadly potential.
Norman Giesbrecht is the lead author of the report from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
The senior scientist at CAMH, says it’s mind-boggling how lax harm-reduction policies are across the country.
He says the lack of attention to the problem of alcohol runs contrary to statistics among them, alcohol accounted for 8 per cent of all deaths for people under 70 years old.
The report recommends all provinces set minimum prices to discourage excessive consumption and price alcohol by its strength.
A separate CAMH study published in the journal Addiction this month says Canadians drink more than 50 per cent above the global average.