The day after the Canadian Center on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) released a shocking report, the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Canada (CMHC) recalled that alcohol-related harm is a major public health issue in the country.
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In its report, the CCSA pointed out that drinking three glasses a week, much less than the 10 to 15 previously recommended, is already enough to develop diseases, including cancer.
The harm caused by consumption can vary depending on various factors such as accessibility, exposure to marketing, and social and cultural norms. According to the CMHC, these depend in particular on the age and environment of the person.
“It is important and necessary to understand these broader social determinants of alcohol harm and take action to address them,” the CMHC said in a statement.
According to these doctors, the CCSA report is timely as this is the time of year for many Canadian women to question their drinking.
“The release of the Canada Alcohol and Health Benchmarks marks a pivotal moment for public health officials in their goal to communicate the impact of alcohol consumption on the health and well-being of people living in Canada. ; to have open discussions about the impact of alcohol on our communities; and to seek ways to minimize that impact at all levels of our society,” the statement also read.