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Alcohol still the main cause of substance-related hospital deaths in Canada (Dr. Keith Ahamad, SPH)

Heavy drinking landed Dawn Nickel in the emergency department four times — twice for alcohol poisoning and two more times when she took pills with alcohol to try and kill herself.

“I had no recollection of either wanting to end my life or taking the pills to end my life,” the Victoria resident said nearly 32 years after she downed her last drink.

Dr. Keith Ahamad, an addictions specialist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, said international scientific research has shown a clear relationship between alcohol pricing and accessibility and the harms associated with increased consumption as well as the effects on others connected to the drinker.

Read the full story on The Star.

Story also found on CBC News, CTV News, CKPG Today, Prince George Matters, and the Alaska Highway News.

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