This week marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the first-ever “Tuberculos” toothpaste.
And for many Canadians, that’s the beginning of the end of their habit of consuming alcohol.
Today, a quarter of Canadians have stopped drinking alcohol, and only 5 per cent of them still consume more than six units of alcohol per day.
But as many as one in five Canadians who have tried to quit drinking alcohol don’t do so because of the toxic chemicals in alcohol, according to a new report from the Royal Society of Canada.
And while the research says it’s not a single ingredient in the drink, the group is still asking Canadians to be proactive and not to rely on the current supply.
“If we want to be the best health-conscious nation in the world, we must not allow alcohol to be one of the few things that is used as a social lubricant,” said Dr. Elizabeth K. Gagliardi, an associate professor of dentistry at the University of Ottawa and the author of the report.
This week marks 50 years since the first “Tubulos” began appearing in Canada.
At the time, there was widespread public fear and concern about the harmful effects of drinking alcohol.
And a number of health experts argued that alcohol could be harmful to the immune system, causing cancer.
As the public became more aware of the dangers of drinking and driving, governments in the U.S., Europe and the U and A.K. began banning the sale of alcohol.
However, even though alcohol was not the primary cause of deaths, in Canada the government has taken steps to discourage the consumption of alcohol in the workplace and other settings, and is taking measures to help reduce drinking.
But the report warns that the situation is not getting better.
One in five people still consume alcohol despite efforts to reduce drinking, including: • Restrictions on alcohol sales in restaurants and bars • Restriction on sales of alcohol at public events, such as concerts, festivals and sporting events • Restricting the sale and use of alcohol by licensed liquor stores and restaurants • A ban on the purchase and sale of liquor on social media, such a Facebook post, or through apps such as SnapChat and Snapchat Stories, which allow users to share photos and videos.
And that trend has continued in recent years.
“People are not getting the message that alcohol is not safe,” said Gaglini.
“We know that alcohol has a harmful effect on the immune response.
It can cause a condition called acute alcohol toxicity.”
In order to curb the number of people who drink and drive, governments are making some progress.
They have increased the number and type of warnings that are on alcohol packaging and advertising, for example.
But the group says that governments need to be more proactive about reducing the number, type and severity of alcohol-related deaths in Canada, and to focus on prevention.
There are also measures being taken to increase awareness about the risks of drinking in the country, such with the release of the National Public Health Strategy, which includes a number recommendations to reduce the number that drink and driving.
And it’s clear that more is needed.