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Booze views: Researchers to survey Yukoners on alcohol use

Lori Garrison Monday May 8, 2017

Joel Krahn/Yukon News

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A survey on alcohol use among residents of Yukon and Northwest Territories is being conducted by the Yukon government and Health Canada.

The Yukon government and Health Canada are teaming up to conduct a voluntary survey examining the views on alcohol use among residents of Yukon and Northwest Territories.

The study is “the first of its kind in Canada,” Yukon chief medical officer Dr. Brendan Hanley said in a press release.

Researchers want to get a better understanding of what people know and think about alcohol and the risks associated with it, said Erin Hobin, who heads the study. The information they gather will give Health Canada a better understanding of not only the attitudes present in the Yukon and N.W.T., but other parts of Canada as well, she said.

Alcohol is a leading risk factor in many health issues, including cancer, something “the majority of Canadians don’t understand,” she said.

“Alcohol is such a big part of our culture in Canada … I think it’s important to know where we’re at,” she said.

The study is “pretty large,” said Hobin, with Health Canada putting up $700,000 and about 2,000 residents of the Yukon and N.W.T. expected to participate.

Researchers hope the survey compliments other Yukon government efforts related to mental health and alcohol harm-reduction programs, she said.

There have been few large-scale studies on alcohol use and attitudes done in the territories, she said. This study is meant to fill a gap in the body of research, which helps governments better implement policies and programs.

The information collected is stored on a secure server, said Hobin.

“I understand that some of these questions can be rather sensitive so I want to assure people their information is secure,” she said.

The survey is the first part of a multi-part study, she said. Part two will begin in 2018, when researchers will continue to do surveys and to look at Yukon Liquor Corporation data on on sales to gain “a broader understanding of public purchasing patterns,” she said.

The survey is conducted through the Yukon Liquor Corporation in Whitehorse. Participants answer questions about their consumption, health risks associated with alcohol use, where they get their information about alcohol and their patterns of use. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and participants receive a $5 Tim Hortons gift card for their time.

The survey began May 5 and runs until June 3.

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15 Comments

Groucho d'North wrote:
10:06am Thursday May 18, 2017

It is important to note the measure by which light, moderate and heavy drinking are determined. It is called the Canada Low Risk Drinking Guidelines and sets out what some consider the limits of alcohol consumption should be. And like most other consumption limits, these arbitrary numbers do not present the same level of risk for all consumers. We are not all the same, each of us metabolizes alcohol differently and with different results. The Guideline says:  For men no more than three drinks per most days is the recommendation, for women, its two drinks per most days. So starting here, how easy would it be for you to be called a heavy drinker? Read all about it: http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/health_information/a_z_mental_health_and_addiction_information/alcohol/Pages/low_risk_drinking_guidelines.aspx

Anie wrote:
11:22am Wednesday May 17, 2017

Alex c’mon.  That gibberish plays well in Toronto newspapers, but it’s not conducive to any poductive conversation up here

Norm wrote:
5:45pm Tuesday May 16, 2017

Alex, you wouldn’t know genocide if you tripped over it, all you accomplish by throwing that word around is belittling what millions of people who were shot, gassed, bayoneted, burnt, beheaded, and disemboweled experienced. Go for a drive in your new Chevy truck before heading home to your modern taxpayer supplied house and ponder the true meaning of the word!

ProScience Greenie wrote:
8:57am Monday May 15, 2017

$700,000? Really? Might have to start drinking heavily to dull the pain caused by such an in-your-face waste of our tax dollars. Don’t be afraid to dig a little deeper Yukon News to see exactly where ever penny of this money is being spent / wasted.

Alex wrote:
6:26pm Friday May 12, 2017

Helen, I know it’s hard for you to believe that First Nations are human beings who could ever be organized enough to form their own government to provide essential services and be stewards of their own land. After all, you’re a product of generations of systemic racism. But just because you don’t believe it, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. It’s just a long way off because of the on-going cultural genocide.

bb wrote:
3:36pm Friday May 12, 2017

$700,000 for 2,000 respondents.  That’s $350 per reply!!  Take off the 5 bucks the government has decided to bestow upon Tim Hortons.  (If Tim Hortons did not donate those cards, I’d be pretty angry if I were another coffee shop in town.)

I understand that there will be time spent analyzing the results, but I am very interested to know who got this contract and where the money is going.

Mark wrote:
5:49pm Thursday May 11, 2017

If you use the term “social drinker” , you have a drinking problem. You need to learn that you do not need to drink to socialize. To drink alcohol,is to search for that “buzz”. Why else would you drink it? Alcohol is drank for no other reason,period! “Social drinking” is the term used to justify the fact that you ...A- can handle sobriety,or B- are not much fun sober, or C- like the buzz.
Answer for all three? Get a life.

Kenn wrote:
10:13pm Wednesday May 10, 2017

Oh Helen….... ITs not only First Nations, just go to Gov Liquer Store on a friday…..

No brainer wrote:
2:38pm Wednesday May 10, 2017

“I think they should just take the 700k and invest it supported housing as everyone already knows that it is one of the biggest determinants in risks associated with alcoholism/substance misuse”, said EVERY OTHER JURISDICTION EVER.

Lost in the Yukon wrote:
2:18pm Wednesday May 10, 2017

Yet another survey which is really an excuse to delay doing anything and keep the bureaucrats busy. At the end of the day everyone will pat themselves on the back, say all the appropriate things and nothing will change. What has become of the HSS’s 5 year plan and strategy? What has become of the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Strategy? What has become of the Wellness Strategy? What has become of the Clinical Services Plan? What has become of the Mental Health Strategy?

This survey will provide no new meaningful information and what can be gleaned from it will not result in ADS and the Minister developing meaningful Outcomes to which they are accountable.

There had been a hope that Pauline would have been more grounded but she is becoming just another talking head that seems to have only a tenuous grasp on her portfolio. It is obvious she is not in charge of the department. It is her fly-in Deputy Minister and her minions.

Too bad

Local wrote:
7:23pm Tuesday May 9, 2017

$10,000 in Tim Horton’s gift cards. Do they really need more business? Perhaps supporting one or more of the independent coffee shops would have been a better way to go.

hic wrote:
12:18pm Tuesday May 9, 2017

I wuz gonna anshur the shurvey but I waz to drunk to reed.

Boozy wrote:
9:08am Tuesday May 9, 2017

I think we get drunk because too many people from Ontario move here and want to do too many studies and enact more laws to protect us from ourselves.

Just my opinion.

Alan wrote:
6:29pm Monday May 8, 2017

Alcohol is the biggest problem in the North. Abuse, rape, assaults, domestic problems, drunk driving, theft, I could go on.
Ask any cop, nurse or judge, that’s what they pretty well deal with all the time, drunks and the havoc they create.
Alcohol is the number one problem here, there is no number two…

Helen Stappers wrote:
3:44pm Monday May 8, 2017

It would have been nice and appropriate if Yukon First Nations good have provided input into this study and been given an opportunity to discuss the questions

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