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Reduce Your Alcohol Risks 1

The best way to reduce your alcohol risk is to reduce the amount you drink. Review Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health to understand the continuum of alcohol-related risks and how to reduce those risks.

  • Know what a standard drink is.

    Know what a standard drink is. This way, you will know how much alcohol you are actually drinking. Practice measuring out the exact amounts in a glass before you drink.
  • Keep track of how much you drink.

    Keep track of how much you drink - per day and per week.
  • Wait at least one hour between drinks.

  • Offer guests food and non-alcoholic drinks.

    If you are hosting a party where you serve alcohol, offer your guests food and non-alcoholic drinks. Make sure everyone has a safe ride home.
  • Work with your family to develop rules around alcohol use.

    Work with your family to develop rules around alcohol use at home, when you’re out and when driving or operating other machinery.
  • Talk to important people in your life

    Consider talking to other important people in your life about the links between alcohol and short and long term problems.
  • If you are concerned that your drinking has become a problem, please check with your Healthcare Provider.

    If you are concerned that your drinking has become a problem, please check with your healthcare provider. You can also look at the Check Your Drinking survey or the Knowing Your Limits with Alcohol resource to help answer questions about your drinking habits, consider possible consequences, and support you to lower your risks.

What Is A Standard Drink? 1

One Standard Drink equals:

  • 341 ml (12 oz) bottle of 5% alcohol beer, cider or cooler 
  • 43 ml (1.5 oz) shot of 40% hard liquor (vodka, rum, whisky, gin, etc.)
  • 142 ml (5 oz) glass of 12% alcohol wine
  • Remember that high alcohol % beers, coolers, cider and fortified wines contain more than one standard drink.
 
Date of creation: January 1, 2013
Last modified on: February 1, 2023
 

References

1Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. (2023). Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health: Final Report. Retrieved from Retrieved from
https://ccsa.ca/sites/default/files/2023-01/Canada%27s%20Guidance%20on%20Alcohol%20and%20Health%20Final%20Report_l.pdf