This week on Where Parents Talk radio on 105.9 The Region, host Lianne Castelino speaks to Dr. Tim Naimi Director, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, University of Victoria, about the proposed new guidelines for alcohol consumption in Canada.
DR. TIM NAIMI
Director, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research,
University of Victoria,
Professor, Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
Father of two
“…alcohol consumed that obviously at high levels has lots of health and social problems. But what’s happened over the last 20 years is we’ve got better at pulling apart the studies as we’re understanding that the risks start to increase at very low levels. And that kind of has culminated in the recent release of the Canadian guidelines or guidance on alcohol and health. I was fortunate and honoured to be one of 22 or 23 scientists from 16 different institutions across Canada that participated in that work. The bottom line is that for people who drink alcohol, when it comes to health anyways, less is better. And the risk of an alcohol-caused death or other problems actually starts to go up above just two drinks per week, which is surprising to people.”