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Have your say on alcohol

alcoholFor some, an alcoholic drink is something you might have at a weekend barbecue or perhaps to toast a major accomplishment. For others, however, it is controlling their lives.

The regional health authority has launched an online survey to see what residents think about alcohol and the impact it can have on the community.

“With increased alcohol availability throughout the province and Durham Region, and with even more planned for this fall, we want to give residents a chance to share their thoughts on this subject through our survey,” states Chris Arnott, a public health nurse with the health department, in a news release.

According to a news release, research indicates that alcohol is listed in the same cancer-causing category as tobacco, the sun’s harmful UV rays and formaldehyde. Studies also show that as little as one drink a day can increase the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, neck, liver colon, rectum and female breast. Alcohol can also increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, as well as contributing to mental health problems, such as depression and suicide.

“In addition to the risks to physical health, alcohol can also impact people’s lives through serious second-hand effects such as community safety, impaired driving, domestic violence, assault, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and child neglect and abuse,” Arnott states.

To participate in the survey or for more information about the harms associated with alcohol consumption, visit or call the Durham Health Connection Line at 1-800-841-2729.