Most people know that there is a link between alcohol and chronic disease. And it’s probably fair to say that when people consider that link, they think about alcohol and liver disease. We now know however, that there is a link between alcohol and other chronic diseases, that even moderate drinkers can be at risk and that it does have a significant impact on our local health care system. Consider that in our area, Simcoe Muskoka, there were an estimated 1,256 chronic disease-related hospitalizations and more than 6,800 injury-related hospitalizations directly attributable to alcohol use between 2003 and 2009. Follow the low-risk drinking guidelines to reduce your risk.