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Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines

You should know about the effects of alcohol, from limited heart health benefits for older adults to some of the risks, like injuries and chronic diseases.

If you choose to drink alcohol, Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines advise you to reduce your short and long-term health risks by drinking no more than 10 drinks a week for women or 15 drinks a week for men, and 2 drinks a day for women or 3 drinks a day for men.

We should think about possible risks and health outcomes of drinking alcohol, especially for young people who are still growing, or older adults whose bodies have changed. Learn more about these effects.

Alcohol Use

Alcohol has both immediate and long-term effects on your body. Learn about how alcohol use affects your behaviour and your body.

Risky Drinking and Your Health

When it comes to drinking, moderation is key. Excessive or risky alcohol use can cause damage to your body. Learn more about the risks and health effects of drinking alcohol.

Alcohol Combinations

Learn about certain alcohol combinations and what makes them high or low risk.

Alcohol and Young Adults

Help the young adult in your life make healthy choices about alcohol use. Learn how alcohol affects young adults’ bodies and what factors contribute to their reaction to alcohol.

Alcohol and Aging

As you get older, your body processes alcohol more slowly and you can become more sensitive to it’s affects. Learn more about alcohol use and aging:

Last Updated: June 2021