Canada's patchwork of legal alcohol consumption ages could see a slight change, should Ontario side with a new recommendation to increase its age of consent.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) released a report this week that suggested the province's legal drinking age be increased to 21 — two years older than its current mark and three years older than several other provinces.
The CAMH report says the province can decrease the $2.9 billion price tag attributed to alcohol abuse through a series of changes that would make obtaining booze more difficult and punishment for abusing it more drastic.
"While there are policy measures in place, there is still work to be done in various areas, such as alcohol pricing and advertising in order to address drinking behaviours that can be harmful," Dr. Norman Giesbrecht said in a statement.
Among that list of recommendations is the suggestion that Ontario consider boosting its legal drinking age to 21, which matches the United States butRead More »from Addiction report urges Ontario to raise legal drinking age to 21