Lower Risk Alcohol Use

If you choose to drink, Canada's Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines can help you reduce short and long-term risks. 

Reduce your long-term health risk by drinking no more than:

  • Women: 10 standard drinks a week, with no more than two drinks a day
  • Men: 15 standard drinks a week, with no more than three drinks a day

Follow the low-risk drinking tips to lower your risks 

The lower-risk drinking tips include:

  • Plan non-drinking days every week. Consider your age, body weight and health problems as these factors might suggest lowering limits.
  • Drink slowly. Have no more than two drinks in any three hours (avoid binge drinking)
  • For every drink of alcohol, have one non-alcoholic drink.
  • Eat before and while you are drinking.
  • Avoid mixing alcohol with other substances (drugs), use one substance at a time.  

When should you reach out for support from a health professional in relation to your alcohol use:

  • If you have questions about your alcohol consumption.
  • If you are concerned about your alcohol consumption, or if someone else has voiced concerns about your alcohol consumption.
  • Living with mental or physical health condition 
  • Planning to become pregnant or currently pregnant

Support is available. Visit:  

and our Community Resource page for a complete list of resources

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