Let’s rethink the way we drink

“The advice regarding the quantity and patterns of drinking alcohol have been updated for Canadians by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.

  • All levels of alcohol consumption are associated with some risk, so drinking less is better for everyone.
  • Among healthy individuals, there is a continuum of risk for alcohol-related harms where the risk is:
    • Low for individuals who consume between one and two standard drinks per week.
    • Moderate for those who consume between three and six standard drinks per week.
    • Increasingly high for those who consume more than six standard drinks per week.
  • On any occasion, any level of consumption has risks, and with more than two standard drinks, most individuals will have an increased risk of injuries or other problems.
  • Disproportionately more injuries, violence and deaths result from men’s drinking.
  • Above moderate levels of alcohol consumption, the health risks increase more steeply for women than for men.
  • It is safest not to drink while pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
  • For women who are breastfeeding, it is safest not to use alcohol.”

Find more from Durham Region (Canada, February 2023)

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