Political Spheres, Bubbles in the Beers


If you felt like a more scientific read than what we commonly offer here at Thirst,  you could bump into Healthy Debate.ca.  This is a site devoted to evidence as it relates to many health issues, both in Ontario and national issues.  Furthermore it provides for everyday Canadians to add their thoughts and experiences to each ‘debate’.

When it comes to alcohol, there is a wealth of knowledge to read and explore in regards to the harms and costs, trends and political realities.   Also on Healthy Debate.ca there are many journalistic articles examining the economic and social issues that surround alcohol.

For example, there is the Op-Ed piece from 2012 from Edmund Kwok, speaking dramatically to the impacts of alcohol as seen in emergency rooms.

Or the detailed work of Wendy Glauser and others in a piece exploring the nature of how alcohol is managed (or not managed) inside a variety of health care settings, including primary health.

It’s an opportunity to read thoughts from some very keen minds, and lend your own perspective to some ongoing analysis of our health care system’s strength’s and weaknesses…plus the economics and politics that drive how alcohol is marketed, sold and distributed in Canada and Ontario.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

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

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