Alcohol can be a very dangerous substance, if abused or over-used. This is one reason that individuals should not drink alcoholic beverages until they are mature enough to handle this activity. In Canada, the legal drinking age ranges from 18 to 19 according to the district or province.
Alcohol interferes with an individual’s physical, as well as mental health conditions. Long term alcohol consumption and abuse can lead to problems relating to one’s heart, brain, liver, nervous system and can also lead to high blood pressure, cancer stomach problems, depression, sexual problems, osteoporosis and adverse reactions to medicines. Alcohol can also point an individual in the direction of violence, accident related issues, suicides, incarceration, and negative issues at both work and home. Alcohol abuse can lead to personality changes, denial, and periods of blackout. With all of these negative reminders, you would think that people would not take the chance of becoming addicted to this deadly substance; but the truth of the matter is that most individual’s think that addiction would never happen to them; and in reality, it can happen to anyone!
The Canadian government has implemented many treatment centers, as well as support groups to assist in helping people recover from alcohol, as well as being committed to its cure. Many alcoholics try to detox on their own. This process can be intense, depending on the individuals and the severity of their addiction problems. The detox symptoms can include excessive sweating, trembling, delusions, and hallucinations, among others. The reactions may be so extreme that many individuals prefer a gradual withdrawal program. This type of treatment can be found at alcoholic treatment centers all over Canada.
Canada is taking steps to help reduce the alcohol abuse problems within its borders as follows:
• Putting limitations and guidelines and restricting the hours and days of alcohol sales
• Placing a minimum drinking age of 18-19, depending on the province
• Regularly implementing sobriety checks an check points
• Restricting public monopolies on the sale of alcohol
• Lowering the limits of BAC
With all of the above measures, Canada hopes to reduce alcohol consumption, at least pertaining to those who exceed the normal level.