Selling booze on every street corner….

Hair Salon alcoholEverybody wants to sell booze to make money. You don’t have to look very far to see how enterprising persons, businesses and even the government are trying to use alcohol to stimulate ailing business or grow existing revenues.

For example:

• Many cinemas in Ontario are beginning to have licensed lounges. Pan down and check out the photos.

• Hair salons can now apply for liquor licenses. Have a sip while you get your highlights.

• Local municipally-run theatres are contemplating adding alcohol to the menu.

• The LCBO is piloting their Express Outlets, with a whole range of alcohol products inside grocery stores, while adding 34 new regular stores in the next few years.

LCBO open

Regardless of where the booze is bought, there certainly seems to be a rising tide of increased accessibility and availability. In the Toronto Star, LCBO spokesperson Heather MacGregor said her agency’s aim is to create more access points for consumers and the ‘enhance the customer experience’.

Certainly, this ignores the clear-as-day link between increased access and increased harm. Even if this were not so, do we really need alcohol to be more available than it already is?

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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