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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines help Canadians moderate their alcohol consumption and reduce their immediate and long-term alcohol-related harm.

The Guidelines recommend no more than two drinks a day, 10 per week for women, and three drinks a day, 15 per week for men, with an extra drink allowed on special occasions. ​

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These Guidelines make a difference!

If all Canadians who consume alcohol were to follow the proposed guidelines, there would be approximately 4,600 less alcohol-related deaths per year​ (Alcohol and Health in Canada: A Summary of Evidence and Guidelines for Low-Risk Drinking. p. 9).

Spread the Word with the Communications Toolkit

The LRDG Communications Toolki​t aims at increasing awareness and starting public discussions about drinking in moderation. The communications toolkit provides the resources necessary to share the important messages about drinking in moderation through numerous platforms. You are encouraged to​ share these resources with your family, friends, staff, colleagues, clients, and others in the community to help get the conversation started.

Developing the Guidelines

A team of independent Canadian and international experts developed Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines on behalf of the ​National Alcohol Strategy Advisory Committee (NASAC). The Guidelines are a key component of the National Alcohol Strategy. ​They are informed by the technical report, Alcohol and Health in Canada: A Summary of Evidence and Guidelines for Low Risk Drinking.

Additional Resources

In addition to the LRDG Communications Toolkit, see our featured publications sidebar for materials you can use to support awareness campaigns in your community for Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.

For permission to print multiple copies of the featured publications or to add your organization's logo and URL to the Guidelines brochure or poster, please complete the copyright permission form.

​Summaries of Guidelines for Specific Populations and Issues

This group has also produced targeted resources about the impact of alcohol on women​ and youth, and the relationship between alcohol and cancer as wel​l as other chronic illnesses​.​

Also, ​view the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral online resource to guide health ​​professionals in detecting and addressing harmful alcohol consumption among patients.​

Pledge Your Support and Join the Cause ​

The Guidelines have ​the support of ​provincial and territorial health ministers, as well as many respected Canadian health organizations. View official supporters.

If your organization would like to apply to become an official supporter of the Guidelines, please email us at​


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