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Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health

In January 2023, The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) released New Guidance on Alcohol and Health 1 that replaced the 2011 Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines. This new guidance was created to help individuals in Canada make informed choices about their own health and alcohol consumption.


The guidance provides evidence-based information to Canadians of legal drinking age, including:

  • Definitions of what a standard drink is,
  • Alcohol-related health risks, including cancer,
  • A continuum of risk associated with average weekly alcohol consumption (low, moderate, and high-risk), and
  • Tips to reduce alcohol consumption.
Cutting down on how much you drink will reduce your risk of alcohol-related problems.

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Additional Information

To learn more about Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health, please visit the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.

Date of creation: January 1, 2013
Last modified on: February 3, 2023


1Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. (2023). Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health. Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking guidelines. Retrieved from