Alcohol is generally a socially accepted part of Canadian culture. Many people are exposed to alcohol through their friends, family and through the media. In fact, alcohol is the top psychoactive substance used by Canadians. The issue is not whether or not people should drink alcohol, but the lack of information the public has on the recommended Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines. Drinking alcohol is linked to chronic diseases such as cancers, high blood pressure and stroke. Alcohol is also linked to injuries and deaths because of falls, motor vehicle crashes, violence, suicide, sport injuries and fires.
Drinking more than what is recommended in the Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines can also lead to addiction and other problems for individuals, families, friends, workplaces, schools and communities.
Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines
Canada’s Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines aren’t about abstinence: they’re about rethinking your drinking to keep you healthy and safe in the short and long-term. These guidelines are designed to provide consistent, evidence-based recommendations for Canadians of legal drinking age who choose to consume alcohol.
Want to assess your drinking? Visit Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addictionand use the Knowing Your LImits - Practice Guide to Assessing Your Drinking.