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If you choose to drink alcohol, it’s a good idea to keep your drinking at low levels to reduce your risk of health problems and harms, like injuries and violence. Even small amounts of alcohol can be damaging to your health and increase your risk of injury. Drinking less is better for your health.
According to Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health, your risk of health problems depends on how many standard drinks you have per week.
No amount or form of alcohol is good for your health. Drinking alcohol can put you at higher risk of many serious health problems including heart disease, stroke, and 7 types of cancers. It can also impact your relationships, your job, and other important areas of your life. The more alcohol you drink per week, the higher your risk of health problems. If you choose to drink, drinking less is better for your health.
Drinking alcohol may:
Drinking at a younger age can affect a young person's general health, physical growth, emotional development, ability to make decisions, and schoolwork. Alcohol can negatively impact the way the brain develops, which continues until the age of 25. Young people should try to delay drinking as long as possible to lower their risk of harm.
Parents can play a key part in teaching their children how to drink safely and responsibly.
Don't drink alcohol if:
Adaptation Date: 7/14/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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