The public is largely unaware of the risks, CAMH researchers say
TORONTO, March 27, 2014 /CNW/ - While global convenience-store and gas
station conglomerates lobby the Ontario government to permit them to
sell beer, wine and hard liquor, a wide range of evidence from Canada
and around the world proves increasing access to alcohol through
deregulation leads to crime, impaired driving and underage drinking.
Researchers Norman Giesbrecht and Ashley Wettlaufer of CAMH (Centre for
Addiction and Mental Health) compiled evidence from several studies on
behalf of Public Health Ontario that proves increasing the density of
alcohol outlets leads to increased social problems.
In a public webinar they recommended maintaining a responsible system of
alcohol retailing that promotes community safety and enhanced public
health. Studies they surveyed found increased density of private liquor
outlets led to increased rates of suicide, domestic violence and
hospital admission in the communities probed.
The researchers also said studies indicate that private alcohol
retailers in Alberta and British Columbia were not as effective or
thorough at checking IDs.
"arrive alive DRIVE SOBER wants Ontarians to know the truth about what
happens when corner stores are allowed to sell alcohol," said Anne
Leonard. "We focus on preventing impaired driving, but as the research
indicates, there are many other social problems caused by allowing the
sale of alcohol in corner stores unchecked. We have a responsible,
convenient system in place; tampering with it would put our communities
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For further information:
and a copy of the findings outlined here, contact: Anne Leonard 416-485-4411