There has been an increasing amount of pressure being put on politicians to loosen the laws controlling the sale of alcohol in Ontario.
Public health is opposed to these measures as the research indicates increased access results in increased consumption. Alcohol use that exceeds the national Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines can lead to long-term chronic disease, as well as immediate harm from alcohol-related injury and violence.
Public health units have a provincial mandate to reduce alcohol consumption, while the commercial pressure is to increase it. We make the case in two current alcohol sale issues, below.