November 29, 2017

FAQ

alcohol FAQ

Alcohol has been used for centuries because people feel it helps them to relax, socialize and have fun. We think there is enough advertising that promotes the positive aspects of alcohol.

Drinking alcohol can be harmful to your health. There are hundreds of hospital visits each year in Guelph and Wellington County due to alcohol use.

In the short term, alcohol can impair your memory, motor skills and vision. This can lead to injury. It can cause short-term depression and anxiety. Drinking too much can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Alcohol is well known for causing liver cirrhosis, but did you know that it also causes many other diseases? In the long term, drinking alcohol can cause brain damage, nervous system degeneration, stroke, epilepsy and mental health issues. It can also lead to heart arrhythmias and hypertension. Drinking alcohol can lead to pancreatitis, stomach ulcers, gastritis and liver disease. Drinking even one drink a day increases your risk of developing cancer. Some people who drink alcohol become addicted to alcohol and have a very difficult time stopping drinking despite its negative consequences in their lives.

Children of women who drink alcohol while pregnant are at risk of developing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). There is no known safe amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy.

This campaign is an initiative of the Alcohol Harm Prevention Working Group of the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy. The Alcohol Harm Prevention Working Group consists of the following community organizations.

  • Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington
  • Guelph Police
  • Homewood Health Centre
  • Ontario Provincial Police – Wellington County Detachment
  • University of Guelph
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
  • Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about the campaign.

There are many ways to get help for alcohol-related issues in Guelph and Wellington. Visit our page on Getting Help or contact Here 24/7 @ 1 844 437 3247 (Here247).

No way! This campaign is about increasing awareness of alcohol-related harms. We do not think alcohol should be banned. We just want to encourage people to be more mindful of their alcohol use and how it impacts themselves, their families and our community.

More Guelph and Wellington County residents drink in a high-risk way compared to the rest of Ontario. The Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy is concerned about this fact. It is our mandate to work on substance issues in Guelph and Wellington County.

alcohol FAQ
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.