More education on drinking habits

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Editor: I read with interest the headline in Monday's Guardian, June 30. (Doctor's say alcohol addiction huge problem in province). This story reminded me of a story that ran June 12, re: the CEO of the Liquor Control Commission and his expensive trips to purchase alcohol (for the province), and his extravagant meals.

While the medical profession would like to see less alcohol consumed and our statistics is a little embarrassing, my feeling is that if the doctors understand and get that drinking Islanders like to have alcohol with every event celebrated, perhaps there resolution discussed and put forward to the P.E.I. Department of Health and Wellness re promoting safer levels of alcohol could launch a whole new campaign of newspaper and TV ads.

Is there money in the provincial budget for that? If the money is there to sponsor expensive trips and meals, then common sense would tell us that we may need more education re drinking habits of we are to introduce new and better wines, beers and sprits in the market place.

And what better time than now while we are in the throes of the 2014 celebrations whereas a lot of alcohol will, no doubt, be consumed. I suppose a whole new debate and resolution would have to take place to get more ads which might take us into 2015. I say better late than never.

Kathy Birt,

Charlottetown

Organizations: Doctor's, Liquor Control Commission, PEI Department

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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