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Limiting your risk

Drinking is a personal choice yet many people underestimate how much alcohol they actually drink.

If you choose to drink alcohol, limiting how much and how often you drink reduces your risk of injury and long-term serious health conditions such as cancer.

 Examples of potential health impacts
Credit: Government of Canada (2-015) Alcohol Consumption in Canada Chief Medical Health Officer’s report on the State of Public Health in Canada.

Canada’s Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines (LRDGs) can help you reduce health risks.

You should limit alcohol use to no more than:

FemaleWomen: Two standard drinks in a day, with no more than 10 standard drinks per week.

maleMen: Three standard drinks in a day, with no more than 15 standard drinks per week.

You should also plan at least two or more non-drinking days each week to avoid developing a habit.

 

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Measuring each standard drink

In Canada, a standard drink of alcohol is a fixed way to measure each drink that equals 17.05ml or 13.45g of “pure” alcohol for every type of alcohol beverage, whether it is wine, beer or spirits.

For example, one standard drink is:

Drink type                            Container size        Alcohol percentage

Beer                                     341 ml or 12 oz         5 per cent alcohol

Cider                                    341 ml or 12 oz         5 per cent alcohol

Wine                                     142 ml or 5 oz          12 per cent alcohol

Spirits (rum, gin, rye, etc)     43 ml or 1.5 oz         40 per cent alcohol

Standard drink sizes

Credit: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Paying attention to the strength or percentage of alcohol in each beverage will help you do the math on how much alcohol you consume on a daily, weekly or regular basis.

Counting your drinks will help you decide when it is best to slow down, take a break, or stop drinking altogether.


Safer Drinking Tips

  • Set limits for yourself and stick to them. 
  • Drink slowly, and have no more than 2 standard drinks in any 3 hours. 
  • Have one non-alcoholic drink for every alcoholic drink. 
  • Eat before and while you drink. 
  • Consider your age, body weight and health problems that might suggest lower limits. 
  • Don’t start to drink or increase your drinking for health benefits, as drinking may provide health benefits for only certain groups of people.

 There are a number of non-alcohol drink alternatives for dinners and gatherings.


Need help, curious or have questions about alcohol?

For support, call the Alcohol and Drug Services 24/7 information line at 1-855-667-5777. Calls are anonymous.

Curious to know about your drinking patterns? Take the Alcohol Reality Check.

Yukon Health and Social Services Addiction Prevention consultants are also available to assist parents, students, and any member of the public to find the information they need. This service is confidential.