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Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines

Overconsumption of alcohol is hard on your health. It increases your risk for serious injury and for a variety of chronic illnesses later in life, including:
  • Breast cancer.
  • Liver cancer.
  • Colon/rectal cancer.
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Cardiovascular disease.
  • Liver cirrhosis. 
Drinking is a personal choice. If you choose to drink, you can reduce your long-term health risks, by limiting the amount of alcohol you drink. 
  • Women should not exceed 10 drinks a week, with no more than 2 drinks a day (3 on a special occasion).
  • Men should not exceed 15 drinks a week, with no more than 3 drinks a day (4 on a special occasion).
  • Schedule non-drinking days every week to avoid developing a habit.
  • Alcohol and pregnancy do not mix - there is no safe level of alcohol consumption for a pregnant woman.
  • Get to know what a standard drink size is to help limit your alcohol intake.
  • Plan to drink in a safe environment and never drink and drive.
Check out this the video 'Understanding Canada's Low-risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines' from the Middlesex-London Health Unit.
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