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Is Éduc’alcool a government agency?

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No. Éduc’alcool is a private, independent, nonprofit organization. One paragovernmental organization, the Société des alcools du Québec, is a member, but that does not make it a government agency.

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What’s the difference between Éduc’alcool and the SAQ? Are they one and the same?

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Absolutely not. The two organizations are completely separate, both legally and operationally. The SAQ is a member of Éduc’alcool, but Éduc’alcool is run by an eight-member board of directors, and only one director is from the SAQ.

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I’d like to order some publications. Are they free?

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All Éduc’alcool publications are free for individuals and organizations in Quebec. We do reserve the right to limit quantities, however, depending on our inventories and our assessment of how you will be using the materials.

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How many copies may I order?

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You may order as many copies as you need for your particular use. That is why we ask what you will be doing with the material you order. Éduc’alcool reserves the right to assess whether the quantity you have ordered is appropriate.

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Is Éduc’alcool the organization that runs those campaigns about drinking and driving?

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Éduc’alcool has developed a program for student drivers called “Drinking. Driving. Making the right choice.” which is run in cooperation with driving schools in Quebec. However, we do not run advertising campaigns against drunk driving. Those campaigns are generally organized by the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec.

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I’m drinking too much. Can Éduc’alcool help me?

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If you are having no more than 35 drinks a week, Éduc’alcool can refer you to the Alcochoix+ program that it promotes. However, we are not a treatment agency, so if you drink more than that, all we can do is recommend that you speak to your family physician.

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I’d like to get involve with Éduc’alcool because I have a drinking problem. How can I do that?

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Éduc’alcool is an organization involved in prevention and education. People join in order to promote responsible, moderate drinking and to make an active contribution to that end. They do not join to solve their drinking problems. This is neither our mission nor our area of expertise. If you have a drinking problem, you should speak to your doctor.

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I would like someone from Éduc’alcool to come to our school to talk about your programs and mission. Is that possible?

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Unfortunately, Éduc’alcool’s resources are very limited and we are unable to give presentations on the organization and its mission. To learn more about Éduc’alcool and the programs we offer, please visit our website. Éduc’alcool developed its “You Be the Judge” school program to help teachers make young people more aware of the issues surrounding drinking. The program provides free access to a range of tools geared to students of every level, from Elementary Grade 5 through Secondary V. On our website you’ll also find a series of informative cartoon featurettes entitled À toi de jouer (in French only), designed specifically to raise awareness among young people. You can also sign your school up for the Tournoi d’improvisation Éduc’alcool Juste pour rire. Finally, your town may already be one of the stops planned for the Party sans déraper tour that we do every fall in conjunction with Operation Red Nose. One component of this program focuses on young drivers aged 16 to 21.