In small amounts, alcohol can be enjoyable. But drinking too much on one occasion can lead to bad decisions, risky behaviour and alcohol poisoning. Over time, the more a person drinks every week, the more likely that person will develop serious, long-term health problems.

Canada’s low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines were developed to encourage people to limit how much they drink on a weekly basis to:

  • reduce the short-term risk of injuries, accidents and violence; and
  • reduce the long-term risk of alcohol-related health problems like cancer, heart disease, strokes and liver disease

This section provides tips to reduce the risk of alcohol-related harms in the long-term and how to stay safer when drinking alcohol on single occasions.