Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (LRDG) 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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If all Canadian drinkers were drinking alcohol within the proposed guidelines, it is estimated that alcohol-related deaths would be reduced by approximately 4,600 per year (Alcohol and Health in Canada: A Summary of Evidence and Guidelines for Low-Risk Drinking. p. 9).
Developing the Guidelines
Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines were developed by a team of independent Canadian and international experts on behalf of the
National Alcohol Strategy Advisory Committee (NASAC). The Guidelines are a key component of the
National Alcohol Strategy
and were informed by the technical report,
Alcohol and Health in Canada: A Summary of Evidence and Guidelines for Low Risk Drinking.
Summaries of Guidelines for Specific Populations and Issues
This group has also produced targeted resources about the impact of alcohol on
youth, and the relationship between
alcohol and cancer as well as other
Also view the
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral online resource to guide health professionals in detecting and addressing harmful alcohol consumption among patients.
Promoting the Guidelines
See our featured resources sidebar for materials you can use to support awareness campaigns in your community.
For permission to print multiple copies of the Guidelines resources, or to add your organization's logo and URL to the Guidelines brochure or poster, please complete the
Application for Copyright Permission form.
Supporting Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
The Guidelines have received the support of provincial and territorial health ministers, as well as many respected Canadian health organizations. View
If your organization would like to apply to
become an official supporter of the Guidelines, please email us at