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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Alcohol is a popular drink in Canada with special social and cultural significance, yet it also causes many types ​of harm. Canada has developed a National Alcohol Strategy​ to address problematic alcohol consumption​​. 

Why is alcohol a national priority?

​Impact of alcohol in Canada 

The economic cost of alcohol-related harm across Canada is $14.6 billion per year. ​

  • ​​​$7.1 billion for lost productivity owing to illness and premature death

  • $3.3 billion for direct health care costs 

  • ​$3.1 billion for enforcement costs​​

​​Canada’s National Alcohol Strategy

When Canada’s National Framework for Action identified alcohol as one of Canada’s main priorities, CCSA, Health Canada, the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission and other partners collaborated to produce 41 recommendations to reduce alcohol-related harm and promote a culture of moderation in Canada.

CCSA and its partners are now working to implement these recommendations, governed by the National Alcohol Strategy Advisory Committee. The National Alcohol Strategy Monitoring Project: A Status Report is the first step in reporting on the progress on the Strategy. This report provides baseline data and indicators and identifies information gaps.