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Workplace Health

Alcohol - Safe and Responsible Use

Alcohol plays a large role in our society. People drink – either socially or on their own – some for fun, some to relax, some to cope with stress. Alcohol is the most common drug in Simcoe Muskoka, as 83% of adults report being drinkers. Drinking, even small amounts, increases your risk of developing a number of chronic health problems, including: 

  • Cancers of the breast, colon, rectum, liver, esophagus, head and neck i.e. mouth, larynx and pharynx
  • Cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and strokes
  • Liver disease
  • Inflammation of the pancreas
  • Alcohol dependence
  • Mental health problems

Be Aware – safe and responsible use of alcohol 

Resources that will inform employers and employees how to integrate healthy choices regarding alcohol into everyday life. Including posters, brochures and other educational materials. This information could be included in monthly e-bulletins, newsletters, and/or inclusion with pay cheques.

Make It Easy – healthy choices about alcohol

Resources include quizzes and surveys to evaluate drinking behaviours as well as information on the low risk drinking guidelines, the drug and alcohol helpline, and the Canadian centre on substance abuse.

Be Involved – in making a healthier workplace

Information on how to develop and sustain a wellness program in the workplace. There are also links to Smart Serve training and mocktail recipes and ideas.

Speak Out – making your workplace and community a safer place

Information to help you develop workplace alcohol policies that fit with your workplace, including a policy template.

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