Standard drink size
Low-risk drinking can reduce the health risks associated with alcohol consumption.
Many people underestimate how much alcohol they actually drink. Like many things in life, moderation is the key when drinking. Limiting how much and how often you drink reduces your risk of injury and long-term, serious health conditions.
By following Canada’s Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines you can reduce the health risks associated with drinking alcohol.
You should limit alcohol consumption to no more than:
Women: Two standard drinks in a day, with no more than 10 standard drinks per week.
Men: Three standard drinks in a day, with no more than 15 standard drinks per week.
You should also plan at least two or more non-drinking days each week to avoid developing a habit.
Many people are surprised to find they've been pouring 2 or 3 standard drinks and counting it as one. Take the quiz to test your knowledge of standard drink sizes. At home, consider using a measuring cup to get the feel for a standard drink.
Zero alcohol is safest when...
- being responsible for the safety of others
- driving a vehicle or using machinery and tools
- pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or about to breastfeed
- taking medicine or other drugs that interact with alcohol
- living with mental or physical health problems
Safer drinking tips
- Set limits for yourself and stick to them.
- Drink slowly, and have no more than 2 standard drinks in any 3 hours.
- Have one non-alcoholic drink for every alcoholic drink.
- Eat before and while you drink.
- Consider your age, body weight and health problems that might suggest lower limits.
- Don’t start to drink or increase your drinking for health benefits, as drinking may provide health benefits for only certain groups of people.
- Try a non-alcoholic version of your favourite drink.
Where to go for help
If you are concerned about your alcohol consumption, or that of a friend or family member, contact Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services at 867-456-3838, or talk to your health care provider. Quitting or reducing alcohol consumption at any stage of life is healthy.
Standard drink size quiz
1–2 standard drinks per day is relatively low risk when it comes to your long-term health, but do you know a standard drink when you see one?