09/17/2013 03:46 EDT | Updated 11/17/2013 05:12 EST

Manitoba wants plan to reduce alcohol abuse, overhaul liquor laws

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government wants to reduce alcohol abuse and overhaul its liquor laws.

The province has formed a committee lead by its chief public health officer that will include members of the bar and restaurant industry to come up with a plan.

Healthy Living Minister Jim Rondeau says the government wants the strategy to reduce alcohol abuse and encourage people who drink to do it responsibly.

He says some of the solutions could include stronger impaired driving laws and better policies to reduce under-age drinking and over-serving in bars.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving are to contribute ideas.

The committee is to begin work this fall.

"For many Manitobans, a drink in the backyard or at the lake is a chance to unwind and most do that responsibly," Rondeau said in a release Tuesday.

"But there are situations where excessive alcohol can lead to serious health and safety issues." (CJOB)