This is National Addictions Awareness Week.
Even though many people drink alcohol at a safe level – others do not. Binge drinking – 4 or more drinks on one occasion for women and 5 or more drinks for men – is harmful to your health. In the short term, binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning and injury. Over time, alcohol use can lead to chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Highlighting the drinking patterns of our youth is important because their brains are still developing until the age of 25 and are very susceptible to the negative effects of drugs like alcohol.
Alcohol consumption behaviours among Simcoe Muskoka youth in Grades 9 to 12 are significantly higher than the province in the following areas: alcohol use, binge drinking, drunkenness and drinking and driving. According to the Ontario Student Drug Use Survey:
- Alcohol Use 73% vs 66.7% in Ontario (highest in the province)
- Binge Drinking 45.2% vs 29.3% in Ontario (highest in the province)
- Drunkenness 40.8% vs 26% in Ontario (highest in the province)
- Drinking and Driving 10.9% vs 7% Ontario (highest in the province) for drivers grade 10-12
We see what we want to see. See that we need to start talking and join the conversation at How Many Drinks.
To get help for you or someone you care about, call 1.800.565.8603 or go to Connex. Many services ARE free and help IS available.
Brought to you by the Addictions Awareness Committee of Simcoe Muskoka:
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital
Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County Branch
Addiction Outreach Muskoka Parry Sound
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care
Part of the Simcoe Muskoka Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategy