Drinking Alcohol in Canada has special social and cultural significance, yet it can cause many types of harm.
- Alcohol is by far the most common drug used by Canadians
- At least 20% of drinkers consume amounts above Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
- The use and risky use of alcohol by underage and young adults appears to be declining
- In Canada, there were around 77,000 hospitalizations entirely caused by alcohol in 2015–2016, compared to 75,000 hospitalizations for heart attacks in the same year
- In 2002, alcohol was responsible for 4,258 deaths in Canada, representing 1.9% of all deaths
Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
Drinking is a personal choice. If you choose to drink, Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit recommends that you follow Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.These guidelines can help you decide when, where, why and how much to drink.
Watch a short video that explains Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.
Rethink Your Drinking Campaign
Rethink Your Drinking is an awareness campaign to help change the way we think about alcohol use. The campaign is not asking you to stop drinking, instead you are encouraged to look at your relationship with alcohol, why, when, and how much you drink.