Most research studies on the use of alcohol have said that it’s safe in moderation. The problem begins when you binge drink, or you drink alcohol in situations where you really shouldn’t drink at all. What are those situations? The Canada Centre on Substance Abuse has published a guideline for alcohol consumption to help you decide when it’s safe to drink and when it’s not.
How much can a man or woman safely drink per week?
It’s recommended by the Canada Centre on Substance Abuse that women drink no more than 10 drinks per week, with a limit of 2 drinks per day. For men, a limit of 15 drinks per week with no more than 3 drinks per day is considered low risk.
What are some considerations you should take into account when drinking alcohol?
The smartest decision you can make when drinking alcohol is to set limits for yourself. Women shouldn’t drink more than 3 drinks on any occasion, whereas men should limit themselves to 4 drinks. For every one alcoholic drink you have, you should try to drink one non-alcoholic drink. Always drink slowly, and have no more than 2 drinks every 3 hours. Otherwise you may drink more than you planned.
When is zero the limit?
There are certain situations where you shouldn’t drink alcohol at all. If you’re getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, you should avoid alcohol altogether. Some provinces have penalties for blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) in the warn range of .05 to .08, and depending on your age, weight, and body type, even one drink could get you to that point.
You also shouldn’t drink alcohol if you’re pregnant, have taken medication, or are doing any dangerous physical activity.
Guidelines like these provided by the Canada Centre on Substance Abuse are there so you can make safe, smart decisions if you decide to drink. For more information on lowering your risks when drinking alcohol, visit the Canada Centre on Substance Abuse resource library.