MADD Canada

MADD Canada

April 22, 2014 13:00 ET

Media Advisory: Considering the Health and Public Safety Costs of Privatized Alcohol Sales-MADD Canada Releases Updated Alcohol Policy Paper

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 22, 2014) - MADD Canada is pleased to share its updated alcohol policy paper on the health and public safety impacts of privatized alcohol sales. The paper, Provincial Liquor Boards: Meeting the Best Interests of Canadians, was originally compiled in 2009 and has been updated regularly since then. It is available in the Resource Library on MADD Canada's web site or directly here: http://www.madd.ca/media/docs/MADD_Canada_Provincial_Liquor_Boards.pdf

As the paper outlines, the links between increased access to alcohol, increased consumption and increased alcohol-related harms are well-established. A number of countries which eased their alcohol sales regulations over the years have experienced dramatic increases in alcohol-related harms such as violence, crime, illness and other health and social problems. Canadian evidence shows similar results. In British Columbia, which has a semi-privatized system of alcohol sales, researchers found that areas with more private stores than government-run stores had significantly higher rates of alcohol-related deaths involving local residents. There was a 27.5% increase in alcohol-related deaths for every extra private liquor store per 1,000 British Columbians.

MADD Canada and public health and safety organizations support the provincial liquor board model in which alcohol sales are controlled and regulated by government liquor corporations. Provincial liquor boards regulate access to alcohol through outlet locations, limits on hours of operation, minimum pricing and taxes. Provincial liquor boards have intrinsic controls, comprehensive staff training programs and extensive social responsibility programs to protect the public and prevent the sale of alcohol to minors and intoxicated customers.

About MADD Canada

MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a national, charitable organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across Canada, MADD Canada aims to offer support services to victims/survivors, heighten awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and save lives and prevent injuries on our roads. For more information, visit www.madd.ca.

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