Alcohol in our Community: Ideas
Alcohol is the most widely used drug in Canada. Many Canadians use alcohol to celebrate, to have fun, to relax and to spend time with friends. Most (79%) Albertans over the age of 15 drink alcohol. While most Albertans drink in moderate amounts, 11% drink alcohol enough to be at risk for short-term harms and 18% drink enough alcohol to put themselves at risk for long-term harms.

Short-term harms of alcohol use could include:
• Going to the hospital
• Alcohol poisoning
• Preventable injuries and death
• Physical and sexual assaults
• Family violence
• Car accidents due to drinking and driving

Long-term harms of alcohol use could include:
• Stroke, liver and heart disease
• A number of cancers

In Alberta, harms of alcohol use cost more than the money the government makes from alcohol sales. In Alberta (2015-16) there were more people in the hospital for alcohol harms than for heart attacks. Positive change happens when communities come together to focus on alcohol harms.

In April 2020, TalkAlcoholYYC published the Alcohol in our Community: Community Conversation engagement survey report. When people were asked what they would change to reduce alcohol harms, Calgarians said that having several drinks on one occasion (normalized binge drinking), drinking and driving and underage drinking were the most important things. With the following survey, TalkAlcoholYYC hopes to learn and share what actions Calgarians think would reduce alcohol-related harms.

The suggested actions in this survey were taken from the Building Municipal Alcohol Policy Guide developed by Provincial Addiction Prevention, Alberta Health Services.

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Do you live in Calgary? *
What should be done to lower harms related to normalized binge drinking? Please rank from best idea to worst. (Note: Researchers define binge drinking as having many drinks on one occasion; 5 or more drinks for a male, or 4 or more drinks for a female) *
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Limit alcohol advertising in Calgary
Limit alcohol industry sponsorship of public events
Help people understand how to lower harms related to drinking (Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines)
Promote a balanced outlook on drinking
Price alcohol based on how strong it is (lower-alcohol % beverages at lower costs, higher-alcohol % at higher costs)
Other ideas to lower harms related to normalized binge drinking?
What should be done to prevent and lower harms related to drinking & driving? Please rank from best idea to worst. *
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More info. on taxi numbers/safe ride home programs
Bars & restaurants offer free, non-alcohol drinks to designated drivers
More law enforcement (patrols & check stops)
Bar & restaurant staff take Best Bar None which includes training about reducing drinking and driving
More education on drinking and driving laws and fines
More alcohol safety education for students and their parents
Other ideas to prevent and lower harms related to drinking & driving?
What should be done to lower harms related to underage drinking? Please rank from best idea to worst. *
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Limit alcohol marketing, advertising & sponsorship in places where families go (e.g. school zones, bus shelters, parks, family-friendly festivals)
Increase required distance between liquor stores & schools (currently 150m)
Talk with youth about alcohol use and healthy choices
Raise the price of drinks/alcohol
Other ideas to lower harms related to underage drinking?
Who in the community should take the lead on preventing alcohol-related harms in Calgary? *
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Other ideas/suggestions you'd like to share?
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