Gerald Thomas, a Collaborating Scientist with the Centre for Addictions Research of BC and a member of the National Alcohol Strategy Working Group, recently came to Simcoe Muskoka to kickstart the conversation around creating a culture of moderation when it comes to drinking alcohol. His background is in the area of policy, and he spoke of a number of policy initiatives at all levels of government that could have a significant impact on reducing alcohol related harm.
With respect to personal behavior, he encouraged us to shift our thinking when it comes to our relationship with alcohol, and to think critically about why and how we drink. He referred to the new National Low Risk Drinking Guidelines as helpful parameters for men and women who choose to drink alcohol socially and challenged communities to be creative in their approach to alcohol as we move toward creating a safer drinking culture.
Here in Simcoe Muskoka, the health unit’s How Many Drinks campaign encourages everyone to consider their own relationship with alcohol, as well as how prevalent alcohol is in our communities – from brand promotion to the number of licensed establishments. How do you feel about alcohol in your community?