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Alcohol use is causally associated with several chronic diseases, injuries, disability, and death. Although low to moderate levels of alcohol consumption can benefit the health of some individuals, about 1 in 5 Ontario adults exceed Canada’s new National Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (NLRADG).
Using a between-groups design, the primary aims of this study were to experimentally test the efficacy of the current label in Ontario (e.g., % alcohol by volume), and modified labels on alcohol containers on adults’ ability to estimate:
- the amount of alcohol in a standard drink
- the number of drinks in an alcohol container, and
- the number of drinks to consume to reach the daily limit recommended in Canada’s NLRADG.
This study also examined current levels of awareness, perceived importance, understanding, and use of Canada’s NLRADG and alcohol-related health risks among the sample of adults in Ontario.
Presenter: Dr. Erin Hobin
Erin Hobin is a scientist in Health Promotion, Chronic Disease, and Injury Prevention at PHO. Her research focuses on population level interventions for chronic disease prevention. Before working at PHO, Erin completed her post-doctoral fellowship and doctorate at the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo.
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