Part 4 of the series Alcohol and Health - Educ'Alcool releases The effects of abusive drinking



    MONTREAL, April 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Following the release of the booklets
The Effects of Regular and Moderate Alcohol Consumption, Alcohol and the Human
Body, and Alcohol and Older Persons, Educ'alcool is now launching the latest
publication in its Alcohol and Health series, entitled The Effects of Abusive
Drinking.
    Although the vast majority of Quebecers will never have to deal with
health problems caused by abusive alcohol consumption, drinking in Quebec is
still on the rise, alcohol increasingly plays a part in daily life, and people
have clearly indicated an interest in finding out more about the effects of
drinking on health.
    Educ'alcool also notes that some people are biologically and genetically
more sensitive to the effects of alcohol than others. This means that what
constitutes "abusive" drinking is not the same for everyone.
    Educ'alcool is well aware that knowledge alone does not determine human
behaviour. However, it does help guide people in making choices. The better
informed people are about the effects of drinking, the more intelligently they
can enjoy it in moderation, and the more successfully they can avoid abusive
drinking and its terrible effects.

    Too much is too much: dependency and excess

    Educ'alcool begins by distinguishing between the effects of abusive
drinking associated with dependency and those associated with excess. Although
many people are aware that alcohol dependency can have serious health
consequences, most people, and young people in particular, are not aware that
a single episode of extreme drunkenness can cause serious and sometimes
irreversible damage to the human body. One time is all it takes.
    In this 16 page booklet, Educ'alcool outlines the effects of alcohol on
the internal organs, the circulatory system, the nervous system, mental
health, and the social environment. Each section contains clear, concise
information, with scientific data presented in ordinary non-technical language
that almost anyone can understand.
    Note that the focus of this booklet is not the causes of alcoholism, but
the effects of excessive alcohol consumption, whether it be on a regular or
occasional basis.

    Better safe than sorry

    And since prevention comes through greater awareness and understanding,
Educ'alcool has provided Quebecers with a simple and user-friendly summary of
the scientific literature on alcohol's effects, to help them make intelligent
choices.
    In the end, it comes down to knowing when the pleasure of drinking is
outweighed by its harmful effects.

    Publication availability

    The Effects of Abusive Drinking can be downloaded on Educ'alcool's
website at www.educalcool.qc.ca. It can also be obtained free of charge by
calling Educ'alcool toll free at 1-888-ALCOOL1 (1-800-252-6651). Copies are
also available at hospitals, CLSCs, and branches of Société des alcools du
Québec.




For further information:

For further information: Geneviève Déry, HKDP Communications and Public
Affairs, (418) 570-3277, gdery@hkdp.qc.ca; Source: Educ'alcool, Hubert Sacy,
Director General

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