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Alcohol Resources

two drinksHarmful alcohol use can lead to increased risk of health problems, and is a leading risk factor for death disease and disability in Ontario. This includes injuries, violence, liver diseases, cancer and other chronic diseases. Both the patterns and level of consumptions can contribute to the overall burden of illness.

Local alcohol policies can be an important and effective way to promote moderate alcohol consumption, support community values, raise awareness of harms, influence community social norms and promote healthier communities.

Public Health Ontario provides a variety of resources and expertise to enable municipal alcohol policies and planning and implementation of alcohol-related interventions.

 

Municipal alcohol policies map

No alcohol sign 

New resources, including an interactive map identifying the status of alcohol policies in Ontario by municipality, a repository​ of policies available for review and intake form for submitting or revising a policy.

Find out more​

Alcohol screening

pouring a cocktail 

Learn more about early intervention strategies to reduce harms related to alcohol:

Focus On: Alcohol screening, brief intervention and referral

Evidence Brief: Alcohol screening, brief intervention and referral (SBIR) services in health settings

 

 

Sub-topics

Alcohol policy
   
Alcohol labelling and advertising
   
Presentations
Alcoholic Beverages Prohibited sign at beach Selecting wine at a store Writing a note

Provincial Municipal Alcohol Policy (MAP) Scan: Summary of Findings from a Public Health Unit Survey

At a Glance: The eight steps for developing a municipal alcohol policy

Making the case: Tools for supporting local alcohol policy in Ontario

Municipal Alcohol Policies and Public Health: A Primer​

Focus On: Alcohol Marketing

Focus On:  Alcohol warning labels and FASD

Focus On: Standard alcohol labels (2015)

Evidence Brief: Impacts of standard drink lab​​elling (2014)


 

Alcohol Marketing: Examining the issue from a provincial public health lens (January 2017)

Municipal Alcohol Policies (MAPs) and Public Health: An updated roadmap to MAP development (August 2016)

 

Data and analytics
Alcohol co-use
   
Related links

Magnifying glass and charts 

Neon cocktails sign 

charts and calculator 

Snapshots: Self-reported alcohol use

Taking Action To Prevent Chronic Disease

Opening Eyes, Opening Minds: The Ontario Burden of Mental Illness and Addictions Research

Municipal alcohol policies map

Evidence Brief: Potential adverse health events following consumption of alcohol mixed with energy drinks

 

Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse)

Ontario Public Heath Standards Guidance Document

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For an accessible version of the infographics, please contact communications@oahpp.ca

 

References:

Awareness of alcohol-related health risks and support for health and nutrition labels

1. Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Global burden of disease study 2010 country profiles – Canada [Internet]. Seattle, WA: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; c2017 [cited 2017 Mar 21]. Available from:  http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/sites/default/files/country-profiles/GBD%20Country%20Report%20-%20Canada.pdf 

2. Zhao J, Stockwell T, Thomas G. An adaptation of the Yesterday Method to correct for under-reporting of alcohol consumption and estimate compliance with Canadian low-risk drinking guidelines. Can J Public Health.2015;106(4):e204-9. Available from: http://journal.cpha.ca/index.php/cjph/article/view/4753

3. World Health Organization. Global status report on alcohol and health 2014. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2014. Available from: http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/global_alcohol_report/msb_gsr_2014_1.pdf?ua=1

4. Rehm J, Ballunas D, Borges G, Graham K, Irving H, Kehoe T et al. The relation between difference dimensions of alcohol consumption and burden of disease: an overview. Addiction. 2010;105(5):817-43. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3306013/pdf/nihms188506.pdf

Awareness and knowledge of Canada's Low Risk Drinking Guidelines​

1. Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Global burden of disease study 2010 country profiles - Canada [Internet]. Seattle, WA: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; c2017 [cited 2017 Mar 21]. Available from:  http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/sites/default/files/country-profiles/GBD%20Country%20Report%20-%20Canada.pdf

2. World Health Organization. Global status report on alcohol and health 2014. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2014. Available from: http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/global_alcohol_report/msb_gsr_2014_1.pdf?ua=1

3. Butt P, Gliksman L, Beirness D, Paradis C, Stockwell T. Alcohol and health in Canada: a summary of evidence and guidelines for low-risk drinking. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse; 2011. Available from: http://www.ccsa.ca/Resource%20Library/2011-Summary-of-Evidence-and-Guidelines-for-Low-Risk%20Drinking-en.pdf 

4. Zhao J, Stockwell T, Thomas G. An adaptation of the Yesterday Method to correct for under-reporting of alcohol consumption and estimate compliance with Canadian low-risk drinking guidelines. Can J Public Health.2015;106(4):e204-9. Available from: http://journal.cpha.ca/index.php/cjph/article/view/4753

5. National Alcohol Strategy Working Group. Reducing alcohol-related harm in Canada: toward a culture of moderation - recommendations for a national alcohol strategy [Internet]. Ottawa, ON: National Alcohol Strategy Working Group; 2007 [cited 2017 Mar 22]. Available from: http://www.ccsa.ca/Resource%20Library/ccsa-023876-2007.pdf

 

 
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