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If you choose to drink alcohol, the key is to keep your drinking at the lowest possible levels. It's important to remember that drinking alcohol is not risk-free.
Many people enjoy drinking alcohol, and most people usually do it safely. But it's okay to choose not to drink.
Research shows that drinking any amount of alcohol can have risks.
If you drink, try to drink less. Canadian health experts say your risk of harm from alcohol is:footnote 1
Having more than 2 drinks in one sitting increases your risk of harm to yourself and others.
Keep in mind that things like age, sex, weight, and health history can cause alcohol to affect people differently.
If you choose to drink, here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of getting sick or injured:
When you drink alcohol, you may be putting your health and safety at risk. Your risk of harm increases with each drink that you have.
Drinking alcohol may:
If you think you're drinking too much, you might want to cut back.
Young people should wait at as long as possible to drink alcohol. Follow the laws for the legal drinking age where you live. Drinking at a younger age can affect a young person's general health, physical growth, emotional development, ability to make good decisions, and schoolwork.
Parents can play a key part in teaching their children how to drink safely and responsibly.
Although most people can have a drink now and then, some people should not drink at all.
Don't drink alcohol if:
Talk to your doctor about whether drinking alcohol is a good choice for you. And if it is, ask how much is okay.
CitationsParadis C, et al. (2023). Canada's guidance on alcohol and health: Final report. Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. https://ccsa.ca/sites/default/files/2023-01/CCSA_Canadas_Guidance_on_Alcohol_and_Health_Final_Report_en.pdf. Accessed February 15, 2023.
Adaptation Date: 8/15/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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