Them and Us, Discuss

mclaren04lfA recent article in the Globe and Mail illuminates some trends in the social-political-cerebral vortex swirling around our upcoming Federal election.

For example, marijuana has gotten a lot of play from the various parties as they acknowledge, work around, evoke spin, or engage in posturing in regards to the evolving legal and social realities.

Times they are a-changin’!  And yes, that may be worrisome stuff to politicians, angling for votes.  But the truth remains that our legal drugs remain vastly more costly to society that the illegal ones, simply accounting for accessibility, acceptability, and volume of use.

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Four out of every five adults in Ontario drink. And among even the semi-moderate, oft-times-sensible, commonly responsible and cool-casual drinkers, we still raise our risk for cancers and liver disease, diminish our health and lessen our years. Statistically.  As a population.  Any one person can escape the odds.

Yes, I am 100% sure it will be me.

Yes, despite the fact that so many of us love it, alcohol is unquestionably a major problem in our society.  Even among moderate adult drinkers it creates massive costs in health care alone, but few want to acknowledge that, let alone use it as grist for the election-mill.   We want instead to compartmentalize alcohol problems, confining them to the young, the addicted and impaired drivers…when the problem isn’t them.  It’s them and us.

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Author: Doug Ironside RN

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

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