If you choose to drink, Canada's Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (LRADG) are designed to help reduce the risk of alcohol-related harms, health risks, and injuries.
Reduce your long-term health risks by drinking no more than:
10 drinks a week for women, with no more than 2 drinks a day most days.
15 drinks a week for men, with no more than 3 drinks a day most days.
Plan non-drinking days every week to avoid developing a habit .
On a single occasion, you can reduce your risk of injury and harm by drinking no more than 3 drinks if you are a woman or 4 drinks if you are a man.
If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or before breastfeeding, the safest choice is to drink no alcohol at all.
Tips to stay within the guidelines:
Understand what a standard drink is and measure your drinks so that you know how much alcohol you are drinking.
Eat food before and while you drink.
Drink slowly, have no more than 2 drinks in a 3-hour period.
Alternate an alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic one.
Avoid mixing alcohol with other substances (drugs), use one substance at a time.
Always consider your age, body weight and health problems that might suggest lower limits.
Avoid drinking when you are:
Driving a vehicle or using machinery and tools.
Taking medicine or other drugs that interact with alcohol.
Doing any kind of dangerous physical activity.
Living with mental or physical health problems.
Living with alcohol dependence.
Pregnant or planning to be pregnant.
Responsible for the safety of others.
Making important decisions.
Do you have questions regarding Canada’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines?
For more information, go to Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines: Frequently Asked Questions | Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (ccsa.ca)
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