Statistics tell the story, alcohol is among one of the greatest public health threats in Canada. According to statistics released by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse in 2014, 80% of Canadians over the age of 25 regularly consume alcohol. While moderate alcohol consumption in and of itself is socially acceptable, as an addictive substance, alcohol abuse and addiction is reaching epidemic proportions. In an era where synthetic drugs and opiate prescriptions dominate the headlines, it is easy to overlook the destruction that alcohol addiction has on Canadian families.
Data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information indicates that the rate of alcohol related hospital visits increased from 47 to 51 per 100,000 between 2006 and 2011, a statistic that even if growth where to have stalled in the past 5 years (likely hasn’t) is staggering and understandably costing taxpayers significant money.
Based on data collected from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey, an estimated 3.2% of the Canadian population age 15 and older (886,000 people), abused or were dependent on alcohol within the last year and that’s just the ones that would provide a forthcoming answer which we know from these type of studies, typically isn’t the case. Binge drinking statistics and underage alcohol consumption are also on the rise. In 2013 a study released by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), found Canadians drink more than 50 per cent above the global average.
Alcohol is now the third leading cause of the global burden of disease and injury and the CAMH report also noted that alcohol consumption in 2010 was found to cause more than 200 different types of diseases and injuries.
Now for the good news, there is a way out. Treatment options are available. We can’t stop alcoholism and no one is advocating for responsible drinkers to change their habits but it is very important to understand that despite all the headlines, alcohol remains the most destructive substance when looking at volume of people affected in our society.
Cedars alcohol addiction treatment program fully understands the complexities of addiction and how different its causes and effects can be. In preparing for a future free of alcohol, we’ll help implement changes and alternatives to how to respond to social pressures. We want each of our patients to recover to full mental and physical health, as well as renew their family relationships, careers and reputations.
If you, a family member or a loved one needs help with an addition to alcohol. We can help to find a path to recovery that will foster sustainable success. Get more information about our admissions process, or contact us for more infomation and first steps to a full recovery.