The Rituals of Summertime

summerdrinkMariposa Folk Festival is this weekend.    Promenade Days in Barrie kicked off on Canada Day.  Burl’s Creeks will be hosting events, with a pair of two huge music festivals this summer.   July is officially tide-high and rolling, as the barbecue, rib fest, camping, beach, family reunion, and boating seasons start up and shift into high gear.

And what’s the big common denominator in all such rituals?   Is it the heat, sunshine, or good times?  Well, yes, sure – all those.   But of course, there’s booze.   Here in Ontario, we generally enjoy all those hot summertime activities with coolers and cold ones.

Not to be a stick in the mud – we acknowledge that summer is vacation time, and people deserve to relax and let loose and get casual in the good weather…but as with most things in life, it’s about balance and risk management.

I was looking at an article in the National Post from a year ago, early July last year, commenting on how people can lose track of their drinking when they get into summer mode, in some part due to mixed drinks, laced lemonade, rum punch, margaritas and other warm-weather-type beverages – combined with scorching days, dehydration and other such factors.   Perhaps the point is to remain conscious of our drinking habits and patterns when the weather turns hot enough to inspire cold drinks.


Author: Doug Ironside RN

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

One thought on “The Rituals of Summertime”

  1. In other cultures of the world the youth do not get wasted on booze and drugs to have fun. Why don’t you tell the truth? Canada is a spiritual wasteland of corruption and greed: people need drugs just to keep sane.

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