12th June 2008

Alcohol Abuse Costs Canadians Money

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It seems our neighbors to the north have quite a costly habit…  Alcohol abuse (AA) costs each Canadian an estimated $463 annually, according to a study by researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. In fact the direct health care costs associated with AA is approximately $1 billion a year.  That is more than the cost of Cancer treatment! (Source: Canada.com)

I guess I found my new target audience… Ohhhhh Canada :)!


What I love about articles like this is that they go on to list ways to “correct” the problem, and I’m not sure about you, but to me they just sound like either common sense or the most painstakingly idiotic, money wasting solutions possible.  So let’s go through the six solutions.

1. Increasing Tax on Alcohol (DUH!!! Simple economics.  Cost goes up, demand goes down… Not to mention those tax dollars can go to their national health insurance)

2. Lowering the legal BAC limits for drivers (I wonder why it took a study to come up with this one?)

3. Raising the Legal Drinking Age to 21 (Good luck with this one… This may also detract from the tourism of young Americans traveling just because of the younger drinking age… Think I’m exaggerating? Just ask anyone who goes to college within driving distance of Canada).

4. Zero tolerance for those who drive under the influence under the Age of 21 (This should have already been put in place).  

5.  A program to educate servers of alcohol to recognize intoxication (Are you serious? Do you really need a class to tell you how to spot the drunk guy?  Hey, Canada, let me save you some money… Servers, if you see someone pounding back beers/shots, slurring their speech, falling off their chair, can’t stand up straight, they’re DRUNK! There’s your free lesson).

6. More Routine screening by health care providers for problematic drinkers (I’m not quite sure what this means, but if the Canadian government wants to give money to someone to pay more attention to the drunk guy entering the free clinic I’m their man).

Solutions 1-4 OBVIOUS… 5 & 6, simply unnecessary, thoughts??

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  1. 1 On June 13th, 2008, mark said:

    I believe Mainstream media, governments and MADD tackle the problem in a terrible way. They portray alcohol as an evil, and drinking as a problem that needs to be solved. The actual problem is the way they deal with the issue. Prohibition and college campuses today prove that you cannot curb alcohol use by making it illegal. In fact all this does is make the activity of drinking more desirable, encouraging binge drinking and excess. The best ways to tackle Alcohol Abuse, i think, is to create a culture of socially acceptable casual drinking. Providing ample shuttles or cheap transportation to and from bars, could drastically reduce drunk driving and save plenty of lives. Furthermore, a culture of responsible drinking, as opposed to binge drinking, could curb the problem of excess intoxication. No Reply is necessary, as i know i’m right.

  2. 2 On September 26th, 2010, Alcoholic said:

    In SMART recovery we have drug users of all types. The meth users are always asking about this.

  3. 3 On October 6th, 2010, Raging Alcoholic said:

    One of the biggest problems my group has isn’t convincing folks that they have a problem. It’s convincing them to address the biggest one first and then deal with the other stuff. Nobody seems to want to do that. Everyone wants a reason or an excuse. They want to worry about the big bruise on their arm when there leg is cut off and they are bleeding out.

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