Do not drink when: operating a boat, motor vehicle, tools or machinery; using medications that interact with alcohol; engaging in sports or other potentially dangerous physical activities; working; making important decisions; if suffering from serious physical or mental illness
If you drink try to stay within these daily and weekly guidelines (standard drinks)
Women: 2 per day and 10 per week
Men: 3 per day and 15 per week
+ At least two abstinent days per week
If you drink, choose low risk situations and restrict alcohol intake: Drink on a full stomach, have no more than one standard drink per hour, avoid risky situations and activities; Don’t start drinking for health reasons. To keep your heart healthy, eat better, exercise more and don’t smoke. Don’t drink if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Never exceed in one day:
- 3 standard drinks for women
- 4 standard drinks for men
What is a standard drink?
- 5 oz/142 mL of wine (12% alcohol)
- 1.5 oz/43 mL of spirits (40% alcohol)
- 12 oz/341 mL of regular strength beer (5% alcohol).
Higher alcohol beers and coolers have more alcohol than one standard drink.
The Guidelines do not apply to individuals who:
- have health problems such as liver disease or mental illness
- are taking medications such as sedatives, painkillers or sleeping pills
- have a personal or family history of drinking problems
- have a family history of cancer or other risk factors for cancer
- are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding
- will be operating vehicles such as cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or bicycles
- need to be alert; for example, if you will be operating machinery or working with farm implements or dangerous equipment
- will be doing sports or other physical activities where you need to be in control
are responsible for the safety of others at work or at home
- are told not to drink for legal, medical or other reasons