CCSA Releases Communication Toolkit for Canada’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) has released a communications toolkit to promote Canada’s Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines. The toolkit provides the resources to increase awareness and start public discussions about drinking in moderation. Originally developed in 2011, the primary audience for the Guidelines are adults between the ages of 25 and 65. They currently recommend no more than 2 drinks a day for women (maximum 10 per week) and 3 drinks a day for men (maximum 15 per week), with an extra drink allowed on special occasions.
The Guidelines save lives
If all Canadians who consume alcohol were to follow the proposed guidelines, there would be an estimated 4,600 fewer alcohol-related deaths per year (Alcohol and Health in Canada: A Summary of Evidence and Guidelines for Low-Risk Drinking, p. 9).
“The most important thing to remember is that the Guidelines are not targets to meet or strive for,” explains Bryce Barker, knowledge broker at CCSA. “Rather, they serve as guidance to reduce harms for those who choose to consume alcohol.”
Starting a dialogue
People are encouraged to share the toolkit with their family, friends, staff, colleagues, clients and others in the community to help get the conversation started about the Guidelines. As Barker says,
“Whether as a healthcare professional talking with a patient or friends and family having a conversation, the Guidelines open the channels of honest communication.”
What is in the communications toolkit?
The toolkit contains graphics and posters that highlight important information about drinking in moderation. The materials include:
Banner ads and web buttons
Graphics for social media platforms