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A few years ago, the Quebec-based non-profit organization, Éduc’alcool, ran a wonderful campaign promoting Canada’s new sex-specific low risk drinking guidelines.

Éduc’alcool has just released a new publication called “Alcohol and Women.” The 16-page resource (available in French and English) discusses: How do women drink? Why do they drink? What impact does drinking have on their health and well-being?

The resource is intended for women of all ages as well as men.

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Statistics on women and alcohol in Quebec indicate that:

  • 82% of Quebec women drank alcohol in the last year; two thirds of those women drink regularly.
  • 13% of women who drink do so four or more times a week.
  • Among women 18 to 24, the annual prevalence of excessive drinking is 83%; among women 25 to 34, it is 70%, and among women 45 to 54, it is 53%.
  • Among teenage girls 15 to 17, 5% drink excessively at least once a month, and among young women 18 to 24, 19% do.
  • 0.9% of women in Quebec have been diagnosed as alcohol dependent.

“Alcohol and Women” is available for download from the Éduc’alcool website. Free copies can be ordered from Éduc’alcool at 1-888-ALCOOL1. As well, the publication will soon be available in hospitals, CLSCs (local community service centres) and Société des alcools du Québec outlets.

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