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Alcohol and Other Drugs

What is Alcohol? 

Alcohol is a drug which acts as a depressant when consumed. We often forget that alcohol is a drug because alcohol is legal and is an accepted part of many social activities. However, it is a drug with the potential to be abused.

Alcohol is created when grains, fruits, or vegetables are fermented. Fermentation is the process that uses yeast or bacteria to convert the natural sugars in the food into alcohol.

Alcohol comes in many forms and strengths – ranging from 5% beer to 40% vodka. It is important to know how much is too much when it comes to drinking alcohol. That is why a standard drink  has been identified as a benchmark to measure consumption levels.

The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19 years, and the legal age to serve alcohol in Ontario is 18. Smart Serve training is required by law for all alcohol servers.


When it comes to alcohol, Size Matters.  What you think is just two drinks, may be three or four.  Measure before you pour.  Find out why here.