Do as I do

So, you’re old enough to have a child heading off to university or college for the first time. And you’re probably young enough to remember your own early experiences with alcohol – and you may be pretty worried.

Our children learn by example – your example. What have you been showing them about drinking alcohol?

The CCSA recently introduced the low risk alcohol drinking guidelines to help people make smart and healthy decisions about their alcohol consumption. Drinking beyond these guidelines can do more than just get you drunk – it can put you at risk of developing a chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancers.

Does that make you think a little differently about binge drinking, which is defined as:

• consuming 5 or more drinks on one occasion for men
• consuming 4 or more drinks on one occasion for women

So now you know the risks. What will you be showing your Frosh kids about alcohol?

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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