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Risky Drinking

In Ontario

Alcohol consumption has gradually increased since 1995. At the same time, the percentage of people that report having five or more drinks on one occasion (binge drinking) has also increased.

Alcohol-related problems are not restricted to people who are alcohol dependent and they can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, culture, personal characteristics or socioeconomic status.

We are not asking you to stop drinking…..instead we want you to Rethink Your Drinking.

Check out the “Saying When” App

Join the conversation about Alcohol in our community


If you think you're having trouble dealing with your drinking, don't be shy. Talk to a friend, your physician, your EAP provider or check the Drug and Alcohol Helpline for alcohol treatment options in Ontario.

Creating a Culture of Moderation

We are looking at ways to get people talking and thinking about the way we’re drinking. We are looking at a new Simcoe Muskoka where a change in culture will mean a place where you feel comfortable and confident saying no to one more and a time "when a drink is a drink… and company is the pleasure."

The statement above was taken from a campaign in Nova Scotia where they are trying to change from a culture of indulgence to a culture of moderation.  Changing the Culture Nova Scotia 

What would your “when” moment be? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter

Alcohol and Pregnancy

There is no safe amount, no safe kind or no safe time to drink alcohol when you are pregnant.  For more information, please see Alcohol and Pregnancy.

Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol poisoning is simply a kinder name for a drug overdose. An alcohol overdose is a dangerous and often deadly result of drinking toxic amounts of alcohol in a short period of time (binge drinking) that results in elevated blood alcohol concentrations.

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

  • vomiting
  • vomiting while passed out
  • slurred speech, staggering
  • cold, clammy skin
  • very pale or bluish skin
  • very sleepy, slow reflexes
  • unconscious or unable to respond
  • very slow or irregular breathing
  • dead

Know What to do for Alcohol Poisoning

  • call 911
  • stay with the person until help arrives
  • don’t let the person drink any more alcohol
  • keep the person safe
  • if unconscious, place the person on their side
  • if breathing stops, begin rescue breathing
  • if there is no pulse, begin CPR

There are also some general guidelines that will help to prevent injuries and deaths related to alcohol. These are the Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines.

Date Rape - It Can Happen to You!

Be aware, be safe - sexual assaults do happen. It only takes a second to slip drugs into a drink. Never leave a drink unattended.

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