Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Social Responsibility

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (the MS Society) is dedicated to the safety of all employees, volunteers and third parties. Our expectation is that both staff and volunteers exercise the utmost care and judgement while representing our organization. As a responsible employer, we also have an obligation to protect you from the consequences of alcohol consumption during and following events sponsored by the MS Society or any other third party sponsored event.

On occasion, the MS Society will host or sponsor social events or functions, such as parties or get-togethers, where alcohol will be made available for consumption to employees and volunteers.  On these occasions, it is expected that you will consume alcohol in a socially responsible manner and display common sense.  As employees and volunteers of the MS Society it is important that you display appropriate behaviour during all society events.

In order to protect all employees, volunteers and third parties from the risks of driving under the influence, the MS Society adheres to a one-drink policy. This means that while attending an MS Society sponsored event or function where alcohol is being served, an employee or volunteer who will be driving a vehicle cannot consume more than one alcoholic beverage. For these procedures, “one alcoholic beverage” means:

  • 341 ml (12 oz.) bottle of 5% alcohol beer, cider or cooler
  • 142 ml (5 oz.) glass of 12% alcohol wine
  • 43 ml (1.5 oz.) serving of 40% distilled

If it is determined that you have been drinking excessively and intend to drive, one or more of the following actions may take place:

  • We may prevent you from driving home;
  • We may call a family member to pick you up;
  • We may remove your car keys;
  • We may book you a hotel room, provide a taxi chit, and/or arrange for transportation to your home;
  • We may call the police.

If you do drink excessively and/or drink and drive during a MS Society sponsored event or function, appropriate discipline will be applied.