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Selling Alcohol in Grocery Stores: Hidden Risks and Alternative Options

While this blog is from Ontario, many of the points are relevant here in BC, now that alcohol sales will soon be permitted in select grocery stores.


alcohol-grocery2By Dr. Norman Giesbrecht, Senior Scientist Emeritus, Public Health and Regulatory Policy Section

In the last few days we have heard about plans to permit the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores in Ontario. For the most part, media reports have made no reference to potential health and safety risks associated with the proposed changes. You would have thought that the reporters were talking about changing the distribution of milk or orange juice in Ontario. What about the possible increase in alcohol-related incidents or negative impact on vulnerable populations — is that not relevant to the discussion?

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