Drinking alcohol is a socially acceptable norm but it becomes a problematic habit if things go out of hand. Thus, the Canadian government has imposed its Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines in order to reduce any possibilities of harm due to excessive intoxication. The guidelines will also show drinkers the right time, place, and how to do responsible drinking.
The Guidelines to Drinking Alcohol
Canadians are at high risk of alcohol abuse and that shows in the statistical data according to organizations such as the Centre for Addiction and Mental and the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse. Alcohol is on the top 3 list of substances that are commonly used and abused among Canadian youths and adults. The Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines are formulated in order to address the growing figure of alcohol abuse in the country:
Moderation is the key to reducing the health risks of drinking with long-term repercussions. For men, 15 drinks a week is recommended or not more than 3 drinks per day. Women are advised to have not more than 2 drinks per day or 10 drinks a week. There should also be non-drinking days per week to prevent habit forming.
Drink in a safe environment and make sure you only drink the appropriate number on any single occasion in order to prevent any risks of harm and injury. Three drinks are recommended for women and 4 drinks for men per occasion.
Drinking alcohol is not advised in certain occasions such as when you are taking drugs or medications that could interact with alcohol and have adverse effects. Do not drink and drive a vehicle or use any tools and machineries. Do not drink when you have health or mental problems and that you are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant. Avoid drinking when you are doing dangerous and arduous physical activities or you are responsible for other’s safety. Most importantly, do not drink when you are making a vital, life-changing decision.
Do not consume alcohol if you are planning to get pregnant, are pregnant, and before you breastfeed.
Youths should delay drinking until they are of legal age or in their late teens. It is best to talk with your guardians or parents about this as drinking alcohol has the capacity to harm or adversely affect the development of the body and brain. Youths that are planning to drink are advised to plan ahead and make sure to comply with the local alcohol laws. Follow the outlined recommendations in Guideline 1 and make sure you stay within the limits.
Regardless of the guidelines, the best way for Canadians to ensure safety in drinking alcohol is to set their own personal limits and follow them to a T. Abiding by the law and the guidelines is the first and sure way to avoid any possibilities of addiction and over-consumption. Alcohol is a powerful substance that could change your life and affect those around you especially if you resort into DUI that is extremely dangerous.