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Alcohol is the most used psychoactive (mind altering) substance in Canada, and it is often used in connection with social events or to mark special occasions.  Harms related to alcohol use represent a significant public health issue in Canada.

In Simcoe Muskoka alone, 211 deaths, 1010 hospitalizations and 8675 ED visits are attributable to alcohol per year.

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


  • Believe people have the right to know about the risks and harms associated with alcohol to make informed decisions about their alcohol use.
  • Collaborate with educators, enforcement, and health professionals to develop programs that support health and safety.
  • Advocate to municipal, provincial, and federal leaders to develop policies that have an impact on reducing alcohol-related harms.

What Matters to Your Health

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

See Alcohol and Your Health and Alcohol and Youth.

If you choose to drink, Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health will provide you with accurate and current information about the risks and harms associated with the use of alcohol. This guidance will help you make well-informed and responsible decisions about alcohol consumption.

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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