What do you mean by “risks”? It’s just alcohol, right?

These are low-risk guidelines, not no-risk guidelines. It’s a fact that risks increase when alcohol is involved.

Most Canadians know that drinking alcohol increases the long-term risks of health conditions like cirrhosis, high-blood pressure, stroke, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and some types of cancer.

But did you know that there are short-term risks of drinking? Drinking alcohol increases your risk of injuries from motor vehicle crashes, falls, and abusive or violent behaviour. Drinking also increases your risk of other harms, like alcohol poisoning, losing control, making bad decisions or embarrassing yourself.

To reduce your risk, drink with people you know and where you know you’ll be in a safe environment. Stay within the weekly limits of 10 drinks a week for women, and 15 drinks a week for men.

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