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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

CCSA is excited to have received funding from Health Canada to lead an initiative to update Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (LRDG). The updated guidelines will provide Canadians information to make well-informed and responsible decisions about their alcohol consumption. They will address the unique needs of specific target groups that are particularly at risk, such as youth, women and people with chronic diseases. We expect to release the new guidelines in 2022.

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Project Background

Project Background

Since the original release of Canada’s LRDGs in November 2011, new evidence has been uncovered on alcohol-related mortality and morbidity. Research has also evolved on how drinking alcohol contributes to social harms. Other countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia, recently updated their guidelines to reduce the health risks of alcohol consumption.

The LRDG update will be the result of a collaborative process among CCSA, scientists, knowledge mobilization specialists and representatives of various Canadian organizations, including Health Canada. The process will be consensual and based on co-operation. It will also be voluntary and flexible. All parties will participate with equal status and the expression of each parties’ points of views will be encouraged.

Project Activities

Project Activities

The table lists key activities and supporting documentation related to the development of the updated Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.

Key Milestones and Activities Date Resources
Prioritization meeting – Mental Health and Social Effects Panel October 26, 2020 Agenda
Prioritization meeting – Medical Effects Panel October 21, 2020 Agenda
Orientation meeting September 29–30, 2020 Agenda
Record of Discussion, Day 1
Record of Discussion, Day 2
Launch meeting September 17, 2020 Kickoff Meeting Agenda


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