Temperance or Change the Culture?

So, what do you like: Temperance or Changing the Culture?

There is a new movement taking place across Canada and in Simcoe Muskoka, and we are in the middle of it – literally.

The anniversary of the June 2011 Stanley Cup riots in Vancouver has prompted one man to launch a nationwide campaign for temperance. The organizer, Miles Craig, notes that it does not always mean complete abstinence from alcohol, but rather exercising restraint in order to avoid harm to oneself or others.

As the riots demonstrated, alcohol can certainly cause harm, beyond the health risks such as chronic disease and cancer, when you consume more than what the low risk drinking guidelines say.

In Nova Scotia, the ‘Changing The Culture’ website was developed a few years ago to encourage residents to look at their alcohol consumption and feel comfortable saying no to ‘one more’.

“When a drink is a drink…. and company is the pleasure.” Isn’t that why we love to get together with family and friends? Think about it, and join the conversation.

With Simcoe Muskoka being geographically located somewhat in the middle of B.C. and Nova Scotia, which initiative do you agree with, or support?

Author: Diane RN

I'm a Registered Nurse working as a Public Health Nurse with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

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