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Reduce your alcohol risk 

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? 

Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
519-753-4937 ext. 455