Can you imagine if there were no laws governing the consumption of alcohol? It doesn’t matter if someone is drinking spirits, beer, or wine, any and all types of alcohol have the potential to have serious effects on the person drinking, and that’s why the Province of Ontario is committed to always improving laws regarding responsible alcohol consumption.
To the casual observer, alcohol sales are similar to retail sales of other products in that you enter a store, pick up your purchase, pay, and leave. But the laws regarding alcohol sales are anything but casual, and any establishment who sells alcohol must meet social responsibility standards including restrictions on hours of sale, a limit on how much can be sold from any store, minimum price points, and social responsibility training for all employees.
Along with these social responsibility standards, the Province of Ontario also promotes other initiatives designed to prevent alcohol abuse and drinking and driving. Some of the programs Ontario supports are:
Provincial funding to Public Health Units
To prevent alcohol abuse and misuse, Ontario provides funding to health care providers who screen and develop interventions for those with issues relating to alcohol consumption
The Back On Track Program
When you’re convicted of impaired driving in Ontario or you receive a roadside driver’s license suspension for driving in the warn range, you may be asked to attend the Back On Track, an impaired driving education and treatment program.
A driver convicted of impaired driving in Ontario will be required to have an ignition interlock condition on their driver’s license. That condition requires the driver to either not drive at all during their period of suspension or drive with a monitored ignition interlock device.
You can see Ontario’s social responsibility guidelines in action whenever you see a server declining to serve one more drink to a clearly intoxicated person or you pass through an impaired driving checkpoint on the side of the road. These strict impaired driving penalties and intense scrutiny over how alcohol is bought and sold is all part of how Ontario works to keep the province safe for everyone who lives there.