Use Alcohol Responsibly

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

Plan non-drinking days every week to avoid developing a habit. 

Limit the amount and how often you drink

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

  • Women: 10 standard drinks a week, with no more than 2 drinks a day
  • Men: 15 standard drinks a week, with no more than 3 drinks a day

Know when zero is the limit

 Sometime zero is the limit. Do not drink if 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.

Follow the low-risk drinking tips to lower your risks

The low-risk drinking tips include:

  • Set limits for yourself before each drinking occasion.
  • Drink slowly. Have no more than 2 drinks in any 3 hours.
  • For every drink of alcohol, have one non-alcoholic drink.
  • Eat before and while you are drinking.
  • Always consider your age, body weight and health problems that might suggest lower limits.

Avoid mixing alcohol with other drugs

Alcohol and cannabis cause impairment. Using them together can increase impairment, increasing your chance of injuries. Stick to one drug at a time. 

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