The Grey Bruce Picture
“Alcohol use is a significant risk factor for both injury and chronic disease. Heavy drinking puts a person at much higher risk of death or injuries from motor vehicle collisions; alcohol associated illness, falls, drowning and other hazards of poor judgment and reduced coordination. Longer term heavy drinking can result in high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease and neurological damage (MOHLTC, 2009).”
Heavy drinking (also referred to as binge drinking) is defined as the consumption of five or more drinks in any one day at least once a month or more frequently. About 24% of people, aged 12 years and older, who consume alcohol in Grey Bruce are heavy drinkers. This rate is significantly higher than the rates for Ontario, the peer group and Canada.
Drinking and driving is defined as consuming 2 or more drinks within 1 hour of driving a vehicle. About 4% of Grey Bruce residents self-reported drinking and driving a motor vehicle while about 8% self-reported drinking and driving a recreational vehicle.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a detrimental outcome of maternal alcohol use during pregnancy. In a 2006, Grey Bruce study, 4% of the new born babies studied were significantly exposed to alcohol while in the womb.