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Access to Alcohol Affects Our Community

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  • Research has found that when there are a lot of bars and alcohol stores very close to each other the number of crashes, violence, and injuries in communities go up
  • Restricting the number of places that sell alcohol in an area may reduce these harms
  • In neighbourhoods where incomes may be lower and there are many places that sell alcohol, residents tend to have more disease, get sick more often and have higher death rates
  • When people have more access to alcohol they tend to drink more and view heavy drinking or frequent drinking as normal
  • Advertising of alcohol which often occurs in and outside of places that sell alcohol causes an increase in  alcohol consumption
  • Youth are heavily influenced by alcohol advertising and may start drinking at an earlier age if heavily exposed