Alcohol consumption increases the risk of developing a number of chronic conditions. Misuse of alcohol is associated with more than 60 chronic conditions and types of trauma, with evidence of its causal link with cancer growing.
Alcohol consumption in Ontario has gradually increased since 1995. At the same time, the percentage of people reporting having five or more drinks on one occasion (binge drinking) has also increased. Alcohol-related problems are not restricted to people who are alcohol dependent—and they can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, culture or other personal characteristics. Alcohol is a modifiable risk factor for chronic diseases. The brochure suggests ways to reduce the potentially harmful affects of alcohol on health. It also provides sources where people can get more information on this topic.