Low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines

Reduce your risks: follow Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.

If you choose to drink alcohol, reduce your long-term health risks by drinking no more than: 2 beverages per drinking occasion most days, a maximum of 10 beverages a week for women 3 beverages per drinking occasion most days, a maximum of 15 beverages a week for men

Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse) are for people of aged 25 and over. People 19 to 24 should NEVER exceed the daily and weekly limits.

Reduce your risk of injury and harm by using no more than 2 standard serving sized alcoholic beverages (for women) or 3 standard serving sized beverages (for men) on any single occasion. Long-term alcohol misuse is a major risk factor for a wide range of serious conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and breast cancer.

For these guidelines, a standard serving size beverage is:

Each standard serving sized alcoholic beverage noted above contains 13.4 grams of alcohol.

Always measure before you pour.

Safer alcohol drinking tips

When zero drinks is the limit

Do not drink when you are:

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or about to breastfeed, the safest choice is to drink no alcohol at all.

Assess your alcohol use

Download the Saying When app from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.


This item was last modified on September 20, 2016