MADD Canada

MADD Canada

September 16, 2013 13:30 ET

MADD Canada: Health and Public Safety Concerns Need to Be Addressed in Liquor Policy Review

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 16, 2013) - As British Columbia's Liquor Policy Review mulls changes to the alcohol sales system, MADD Canada urges the government and the public to look beyond promises of increased revenues and convenience, and consider the significant negative impacts that increased alcohol access and consumption will have on a wide range of health and public safety issues, including impaired driving.

"Canadian and international research shows that easing regulations around alcohol sales typically results in increased access to alcohol, increased consumption and increased alcohol-related problems in our communities," said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. "We need to ensure that health and safety considerations are included in any debate on alcohol policy reform in British Columbia."

Mr. Murie will discuss how alcohol policy reform can be balanced against those public health and safety considerations during a public forum, hosted by the University of Victoria's Centre for Addictions Research (CARBC), titled "How can modern liquor laws be compatible with public health and safety?"

Date: Tuesday, September 17 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: SFU Harbour Centre Tower - Room 1420, 515 West Hastings St., Vancouver
Panel: Andrew Murie, MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer
Tim Stockwell, CARBC Director
Dan Reist, CARBC Assistant Director
Dr. John Carsley, Vancouver Costal Health Medical Health Officer
Kara Thompson, University of Victoria Psychology Doctoral Student

Mr. Murie will be making a submission to the Province's Liquor Policy Review earlier in the day and will outline the key recommendations presented.

Note: Panelists Andrew Murie, Tim Stockwell, Dan Reist and Kara Thompson will also be available for media interviews at 11 a.m., September 17 at CARBC's Vancouver office at 909-510 Burrard St.

For more information on best practices in alcohol sales policies, please visit the MADD Canada web site (Resource Library) at or the CARBC web site at

Contact Information

  • MADD Canada
    Andrew Murie
    Chief Executive Officer

    MADD Canada
    Deb Kelly
    Communications Manager
    1-800-665-6233, ext. 240

    University of Victoria
    Chantele Joordens