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Canadian alcohol deaths on the increase (Dr. Keith Ahamad, SPH)

New research carried out by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) demonstrates that alcohol-related hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, with 10 Canadians dying in hospitals every day due to harm from substance use, with 75% of these deaths directly related to alcohol use.

The data also reveals that alcohol contributes to more than half of all hospitalizations linked to substance use, which are also up to 13 times more common than opioid-related hospitalizations.

An addictions specialist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Dr. Keith Ahamad, told CTV News that medical research has demonstrated the association between alcohol pricing and accessibility and the harms associated with its elevated consumption, in addition to other negative consequences for the individual consuming alcohol.

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