The Rise and Fall of the Trend: Women and Alcohol

Alcohol is killing Canadian women at dramatically increasing rates. 

In May of 2018, the Canadian Institute for Health Information reported a sobering 26 per cent rate increase of alcohol-related deaths in women since 2001.  Girls 10 to 19 had higher hospital rates than boys their age.[i]

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, addressed her concern that the deadly risks of alcohol are being overlooked because of its social acceptance in her 2018 report on the state of public health in Canada.[ii]  

One of the six main areas of focus for Dr. Tam is the use of cannabis, opioids and alcohol because of the fact that the average life expectancy of Canadians may actually be decreasing.  More men still die of alcohol and drug related causes.

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