Quebec-based alcohol awareness group Éduc’alcool launched a new awareness campaign on Monday to help the public make healthy and safe drinking decisions during the holidays.
Launched on the organization’s website, the campaign features 10 tips to help Quebecers make better informed decisions about drinking. It did after the Nez Rouge drive home service shut down this year due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions in Quebec.
Some of Éduc’alcool’s 10 tips are: When you feel depressed, anxious, or lonely, reach out to someone to talk to, not alcohol, don’t drink on an empty stomach, take turns drinking alcoholic beverages with water to keep you hydrated and not drink too much, drink slowly and enjoy – no chugging.
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The tips also affirm that no means no – if someone says no or no more, don’t insist and respect their boundaries.
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The organization also urges the government to increase the police presence on the streets and to increase the number of checkpoints for police sobriety.
“Eighteen to 20 percent of Quebecers drank more alcohol during the pandemic,” Hubert Sacy, director of the organization, told Global News.
Sacy said he wanted to remind people that alcohol is not a solution to the stress of the pandemic and that they should turn to other, healthier coping mechanisms.
You can find more statistics and information on the campaign and drinking habits of Quebecers here.
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