October 31, 2017

Alcohol Stories

Alcohol Stories

We asked doctors, police officers, recovered alcoholics, students, mental health counsellors and political leaders to tell us how alcohol impacts their life and how alcohol-related harms impact our community. Their stories may surprise you. The people you meet in these videos could be your neighbours, your friends or your family members.


Dr. Digby’s Story

Chief of Emergency Medicine
at Guelph General Hospital
Medical Officer of Health for
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
Addiction Counsellor
at Homewood Community
Addiction Services
Hospitalist
at Guelph General Hospital
OPP Officer
in Wellington County
City of Guelph Mayor
Family and Children’s
Services of Guelph
and Wellington County
Paramedic in
Guelph and Wellington County
Guelph Police Service
Traffic Officer
Guelph Police
Service Officer
Alcohol Stories
About Us

Alcohol is everywhere

. We find it in grocery stores, at farmer’s markets, the LCBO and countless bars and restaurants. We are constantly bombarded by advertising about the latest novelty beverage or craft brew. Marketing campaigns always highlight the positive aspects of drinking alcohol – having fun, celebrating, connecting with friends or enjoying a cold drink on a hot day.

In reality, there is another side to the story. Alcohol has a profound impact on people and communities. Alcohol puts more Canadians in the hospital than heart attacks. It can lead to injuries, disease, family issues, legal problems and financial concerns. It contributes to crime, violence, vandalism and community disruption. Every year, alcohol strains our local healthcare, justice, and municipal resources. We don’t often talk about these issues. Locally, residents of Guelph and Wellington County are more likely to drink in a high-risk way than the rest of Ontarians.

LAST CALL – Real Stories about Alcohol’s

Impact in Guelph and Wellington County aims to start a conversation about the ways alcohol causes harm in our communities. We talked with a diverse group of community members about their perspectives on alcohol-related harms in Guelph and Wellington County. We heard stories about personal, health, family, professional and financial impacts of alcohol use. When you start to add up the harms, the real cost of alcohol may surprise you.

This campaign is an initiative of the Alcohol Harm Prevention Working Group of the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy that has been supported by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between The Guelph Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and, extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.