Alcohol Education

In the Province of Ontario, all liquor laws are listed in the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario. This site is not intended to speak on all aspects of the LLA, but will highlight certain laws related to a campus community.

For a complete listing of all laws, visit the Province of Ontario website.

Got Your Back Campaign

Got Your Back is a 6 week campaign (Sept 9-Oct 22) that encourages students to think about alcohol and how it affects their friends and social relationships.

For more information, click here.

Liquor Laws in Ontario

The Liquor Laws of Ontario apply on campus as they do everywhere else!

The Law Fine
Only persons who are 19 years of age can purchase, consume or be in possession of alcohol
Person under 19, attempting to purchase liquor
Persons under 19 years entering licensed premise
Re-entering a licenced premise when asked to leave
If you're 19, you may consume alcohol in your room or in a licenced pub anywhere else you will receive a fine
While in a car, the driver may not have any alcohol within his or her reach
If you become intoxicated in a public place you could go to jail and receive a fine
Using someone elses identification
Person unlawfully delivering liquor for a fee
No set fine
Knowingly suppling liquor to a person under 19 years
No set fine


Tips for Responsible Party Hosting

  • Don’t plan physical or potentially dangerous activities (ie. swimming) while alcohol is being consumed.
  • Provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and food for your guests.
  • Arrange for transportation for guests and prepare for people to stay overnight. Have cash and telephone numbers on hand for taxis and be prepared to take keys away. Call the police if someone insists on driving home after drinking
  • Don’t have a keg or a self-serve bar.
  • Stop serving alcohol well before you plan the party to end, but keep serving non-alcoholic drinks and food
  • Look for signs of intoxication and have a plan to deal with anyone who drinks too much.
  • Ensure that there are a few responsible and sober people (yourself included) to help keep things under control.
  • Don’t let someone who is drunk leave alone.
  • Plan ahead so that it’s easy to follow these tips


Binge Drinking:

Binge Drinking is defined as when a person consumes more than 5 drinks in a row.

Frequent Binge drinking is defined as binge drinking three or more times in the past two weeks


Profile of a Binge Drinker:

  • Usually prior binge drinkers in high school
  • Usually involved in athletics
  • Usually involved in large social groups

No matter what their level of alcohol consumption, very few students will say that they have a problem with alcohol.


Alcohol Related Problems:

  • have hangover
  • did something they later regret
  • forget when they were or what they did
  • involved in violence
  • argue with friends
  • damage to property
  • require medical treatment for an alcohol overdose
  • miss class
  • get behind in school work
  • have unplanned sex
  • have unprotected sex
  • get into trouble with police
  • more likely to try drugs

Ways of avoiding being a binge drinker:

  • Never drink for the sake of drinking
  • Don't drink on an empty stomach
  • Pace yourself
  • Know when to say when

Signs that may indicate a drinking problem:

  • Changes in a persons drinking pattern
    • drinks more
    • drinks more often
    • drinks in the morning
  • Changes in a persons appearance
    • frequent smell of alcohol
    • slurred speech
    • bloodshot eyes
    • unexplained bruises
    • unkept appearance
  • Changes in a persons personality
    • suffers memory loss
    • sleep problems
    • mood swings
    • irritability
    • distrust
    • lack of activities earlier enjoyed
  • Person suffers from health problems
    • suffers from frequent hangovers
    • chronic digestive problems
    • fatigue
    • shaky hands

Preventing Alcohol Abuse on Campus:

  • Establish a zero-tolerance for alcohol related behaviour
  • Regulate alcohol on campus
  • Enforcement of laws and campus regulations
  • Promote treatment programs