How to reduce long-term harm
When someone drinks too much alcohol on a regular basis, it increases the chances of long-term health problems like cancer, heart disease, stroke and liver disease.
For those who choose to drink alcohol, the best way to reduce the risk of alcohol-related harm is to reduce the amount they drink and follow the low-risk drinking guidelines.
Tips to reduce the risk of alcohol-related harm in the long-term:
|Limit your drinks to the low-risk drinking guidelines.|
|Track how much you drink on a daily and weekly basis.|
|Have no more than two drinks for women or three drinks for men on any day.|
|Have no more than one “standard” drink per hour and no more than two drinks in any 3-hour period.|
|Eat before your drink and while you are drinking. This will help slow the processing of alcohol in your body.
|Plan two or more non-drinking days each week so you do not develop the habit.|
Do not mix alcohol with prescription medications or drugs. Alcohol can make the medications less effective or too strong and can cause serious harm.
|Talk to a friend or family member about helping you stick to your limit.|
Click here for information on times when ZERO drinking is safest.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol, talk to a friend, family member, counsellor, or Elder, about what you’re going through. For more help click here.