Alcohol might be something you drink only on special occasions.
Some of us include drinking as part of regular socializing, but did you know alcohol is considered to be a drug?
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.
Want to learn more? Take the Alcohol Reality Check
Get help if you need it: call the Alcohol and Drug Information Referral Service at 1–800–663–1441. In Greater Vancouver, call 604–660–9382.