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Canadas low risk alcohol drinking guidelines

The National Low-risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines were developed to help Canadians of legal drinking age make informed choices about alcohol consumption and to encourage a culture of moderation.

These guidelines recommend that consumption of alcohol be limited to:

  • Two standard drinks a day, 10 per week for women and
  • Three standard drinks a day, 15 per week for men.
  • Non-drinking days, planned every week to avoid developing a habit.
  • Zero drinks through pregnancy, for safey, etc.



Older Canadians (older then age 65) are affected differently by alcohol thereby increasing their risk for injury and other health harms.

To learn more, visit: Heath and Welbeing for Older Adults.

Low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines

To learn more about the low-risk drinking guidelines, visit:

CCSA: Canada's Low-risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines

Is your drinking putting your health at risk?

'Making Choices about Drinking' is a workbook that uses scientifically proven tools to help you understand how you and alcohol are getting along.

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