CBC: Tam cautions Canadians on their alcohol intake in year-end message

Raisa Patel · CBC News · Posted: Dec 31, 2020 1:59 PM ET

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam is asking Canadians to consider non-alcoholic alternatives as they close out the year. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

On a day frequently marked by celebrations involving large amounts of alcohol, Canada’s chief public health officer is again asking Canadians to go easy on the drinking as they turn the page on 2020.

“As the new year approaches, many of us will be looking for ways to celebrate. For some, these festivities will include serving and drinking alcohol, while others may find this season difficult due to distance from friends and family,” Dr. Theresa Tam said in a media statement issued today.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen that some Canadians have increased their alcohol use.”

Canada’s top doctor has warned in the past about higher alcohol consumption during the pandemic. Reports attributed an uptick in drinking among Canadians earlier this year to pandemic-induced boredom, increased stress and a lack of routine.

“I am reminding Canadians to be aware of the impacts of increased alcohol consumption on their health and to find alternative ways of celebrating and coping with stress that respect public health measures in your region,” Tam said in today’s statement.

“This could include physical activity, mindfulness, connecting through phone calls and video chats, or celebrating with mocktails or other non-alcoholic beverages.”

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