Harmful 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 and Public Health: A Primer
Local alcohol policies can be effective in promoting moderate alcohol consumption. This Primer provides guidance on the development and/or revision process of local policies.
Focus On: Alcohol Marketing
Alcohol marketing, advertising and sponsorship is a growing public health concern. This Focus On provides an overview of alcohol marketing, highlights best practices in alcohol marketing policy; and identifies knowledge gaps to support future work in this area.
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