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Alcohol

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.

Please note: The Rethink Your Drinking website has a link to the Check Your Drinking survey. We do not endorse the use of the Check Your Drinking survey because it provides feedback on calorie intake and weight gain when drinking alcohol. At the Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit we support healthy living by focusing on healthy eating, physical activity and mental well-being rather than a focus on weight and calories. We are working to change society’s current focus on weight by promoting the positive areas of health and overall well-being instead of the negative health risks and how we look. Learn more about Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds.