The National Post asked for 75-word responses to the question, “Should our alcohol laws be relaxed?” They printed my letter today, along with a number of others. Judging from most of the responses, I missed what the debate was really about: whether alcohol sales should be privatized in Ontario, an issue on which I don’t have much of an opinion. Here’s my letter, and a link to todays’ letters page:
A British medical journal found that no drug causes more societal harm than alcohol, and that most of this harm falls on people other than the user. In Canada, nearly one million people struggle with dependence and alcohol kills thousands, disproportionately young people, yearly. It’s time to require graphic warnings on alcohol labels and restrict alcohol advertising, as in other countries. The reason alcohol laws are looser than for other psychoactive drugs? Politicians use alcohol.