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Alcohol can play an interesting role in our lives. It has long been accepted as a way to boost social interaction – often as part of events and activities. While moderate alcohol use isn’t necessarily a problem, excessive use can cause harm. The impact of too much alcohol can be addiction, depression, impaired driving and violent behaviour, as well as cancer and heart disease.

The health unit works to prevent the harm associated with excessive use of alcohol and to raise the awareness of its impact on our health and the health of our communities.


  • Promote a culture of moderation when it comes to alcohol use in our communities.
  • Collaborate with educators, enforcement and health professionals to develop programs that support health and safety.
  • Advocate to municipal and provincial leaders to develop policies that have an impact on reducing alcohol-related harms.

What Matters to Your Health

Alcohol is the most commonly used drug in our society and it’s associated with more than 200 medical conditions. And, the more we drink, the greater the risk of many of these conditions, including stroke, cancer and high blood pressure. It’s also important to know that drinking in the teen years can harm the developing brain.

If you choose to drink, the Canada's Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (LRDGs) can help you decide when, where, why and how. These guidelines are intended to reduce the harms associated with alcohol.

For More Information:

Call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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