December 15, 2016
When It Comes to Alcohol… Size Matters. Rethink Your Drinking
This holiday season the Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit is continuing to spread an important message – When it comes to alcohol… Size Matters. Rethink Your Drinking. Since October 2014, the Health Unit has been promoting Rethink Your Drinking messages. Rethink Your Drinking is an awareness campaign to help change the way we think about and use alcohol. The campaign provides information on:
- Standard drink sizes
- The timing of drinks
- Occasions when zero alcohol is the limit
- How alcohol affects men and women differently
- Choices made when drinking
- Alcohol’s link to chronic disease
Starting on December 15, 2016 the Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit is partnering with health units across Ontario to deliver consistent messaging on standard drink sizes and the recommended limits for individuals who choose to drink alcohol.
Drinking alcohol is a personal choice. The Rethink Your Drinking campaign isn’t asking all adults to stop drinking. Instead, “the campaign encourages adults who choose to drink to consider their relationship with alcohol and to follow Canadian Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines” says Kathryn Allwright, RN. “The Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines are designed to help Canadians aged 25–65 years make informed choices about their alcohol consumption, and to help create a culture of moderation”. Those who limit their alcohol intake will reduce their risk of both short and long term health issues such as injury, alcohol poisoning, some cancers, and heart disease.
To learn more about Rethink Your Drinking visit www.rethinkyourdrinking.ca. Follow the campaign on Twitter @LGLHealthUnit and visit the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit Facebook page.
Susan Healey, Communications Co-ordinator 613-802-0550