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Know When to Draw the Line

Questions this Book Answers
Do you know the answers to the following questions?
  • Why does alcohol affect people differently?
  • How long does alcohol stay in your body?
  • How much alcohol is too much?
  • What are the differences between beer, wine and spirits?
  • What is alcohol poisoning? How can I avoid it?
  • Is it illegal to have sex with someone who is intoxicated?
  • How can I avoid developing a drinking problem in the first place?
  • If alcohol is causing me problems, what should I do?

If you don't know the answers to these questions you need to read this handbook.

This is a 30-page handbook is devoted solely to reducing the harm caused by excessive drinking. This handbook uses Blood Alcohol Concentrations (BACs) based on body size and gender to help identify lower risk drinking guidelines for each individual. Over 28 years of counselling it has become clear to me and others in the field that the standard advice of not drinking or drinking in moderation (whatever that may be), has had little impact at curbing binge drinking by the youth of Canada . I have found that by using BACs you allow the client to better understand the continuum of risk associated with both moderate and excessive drinking.

 


Drinking and Driving in Canada

Questions this Book Answers
Do you know the answers to the following questions?
  • Is it against the law to drink and drive in Canada ?
  • What are the laws governing drinking and driving?
  • Do you realize that there are both Federal and Provincial/Territorial Laws that deal with drinking and driving?
  • What are the consequences?
  • What types of vehicles are included in the impaired driving laws?
  • What type of license do I lose if I am charged with impaired driving?
  • Do impaired driving laws apply to private property?
  • How much alcohol does it take to put you over the legal limit?
  • How long does alcohol stay in your blood stream?
  • What can you do to prevent an impaired driving charge?

If you drink alcohol and don't know the answers to these questions then you are putting yourself at risk.

Over the past 12 years, Canadian law enforcement personnel have charged between 70,000 - 80,000 individuals with a alcohol or drug related Criminal Code driving offence each and every year. Almost a thousand people die every year and several hundred thousand people have been injured during this 12-year period.

Every year the financial costs, which affect us all, are in the hundreds of millions of dollars from civil law suits to public damage and health care costs. While the numbers of impaired driving related charges and accidents have decreased drastically since the 1980's, over the past 12 years we have made little progress in this regard. In some areas of Canada impaired driving related charges are on the increase

This handbook was produced to help reduce these numbers.