“It may be good for business but is it good for our community?

http://www.sxc.hu/It’s pretty hard to turn on the radio or open a newspaper without hearing or reading about the sad state of the economy. So it’s no surprise that businesses are looking for innovative ways to stay in the game, including adding the sale of alcohol.

Recently a couple of local businesses, including a hair salon and a cinema, have received press for becoming licensed to serve alcohol. Both are independent businesses as opposed to large franchises or chains, and both are located in an area that has its work cut out for it when competing with big box and mall locations. It can’t be easy.

That said, when you can get a drink at the hockey game, the ball game,  the theatre, as well as the hair salon and maybe even the cinema, one has to wonder what kind of a message we are sending to our children. How do we teach them about the increased risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and cancer, about low-risk drinking, and about the importance of moderation, when we continue to allow the slow creep of alcohol into more and more aspects of our lives? People need to make a living, but don’t families and children also need alcohol-free spaces that encourage a culture of moderation?

Author: Janice R.N.

I am a Registered Nurse at Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

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