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Second Hand Effects of Alcohol

Second hand effects of alcohol result from someone else’s drinking and its impact on another individual and the community.

Excessive drinking can sometimes result in injury and damage.  Following are some second-hand effects of heavy alcohol use:

  • Alcohol-related crime and violence
  • Financial, work and school problems
  • Unsafe sexual behaviour
  • Emotional and physical harms
  • Costs to hospitals, policing, social services

Driving while impaired by alcohol is illegal and increases your risk of being in a crash.

Alcohol impairs your judgement, coordination, and slows your reaction time.

Avoid being a passenger with an impaired driver.

Impairment can make activities such as driving, bicycling, skiing, and snowboarding dangerous.

Plan ahead if you are going to drink.  Arrange for a way home.

If you suspect someone is impaired and driving, you can call 911.

To learn more about Ontario's driving laws, visit:

Ontario Ministry of Transportation: Impaired Driving

There are also second hand effects when drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

FASD is a brain injury that occurs when a developing baby is exposed to alcohol. A developing baby breaks down alcohol more slowly than an adult does. Even small amounts can create high blood levels for the developing baby leading to permanent brain damage. It's a lifelong disorder. It effects the whole body includingphysical, mental, behavioural and learning disabilities.

To learn more visit:
Alcohol and Pregnancy
FASD Information and Resources – Simcoe County/York Region
FASD Ontario
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