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Canada’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines

Canada's Low Risk Drinking Guidelines - FASD Okanagan Valley - https://www.fasdokanagan.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/cropped-logorev2trans.pngThe Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is leading an initiative to update Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (LRDG).

What are the low-risk alcohol drinking recommendations for Canada?

Canada’s LRDG was first made available in 2011. This set of recommendations was created to promote moderation in drinking and to ignite public discourse. The recommendations are meant to provide the best practices for determining drink limits and when to abstain from alcohol use.

They are all designed to support persons between the ages of 25 and 65 in making wise decisions regarding drinking.

The Update of Canada’s LRDG: Why?

There has been a significant amount of new studies on alcohol usage and its physical, mental, and social impacts since it was published in 2011. To update Canada’s LRDG to take into account this new evidence, Health Canada has provided funding to the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.

The possibility of alcohol-related repercussions

Update of Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines: Final Report for Public Consultation, by the Canadian Centre of Substance Use and Addiction

Canada’s LRDG Update

The Canadian Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines: Final Report was just released by the CCSA. The goal of this report’s development and direction was to give Canadians the most recent information necessary to make educated decisions. Dr. Nancy Poole, the director of CanFASD’s prevention research program, contributed her knowledge of alcohol use during pregnancy to this approach.

There is now a wealth of information demonstrating how even little amounts of alcohol can have a negative influence on our health and well-being. Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health is intended to take the place of the LRDG. The new guide will assist Canadians in identifying where they fall on the spectrum of alcohol-related risk. Everyone will be able to relate to it, and all demographic groups will find it useful. The final paper is anticipated to be made public in the fall of 2022 following a process of public engagement.

What does the fresh data indicate?

The primary preventable cause of mortality and disability is alcohol. Regular drinking can raise your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, mental health issues, as well as other illnesses or injuries. Additionally, drinking alcohol is connected to abuse, violence, death, and injury.

The reproductive system is also impacted by alcohol usage. Pregnancy alcohol usage can have long-lasting effects, including brain damage, birth defects, behavioral issues, learning impairments, and other health issues. It is best to abstain from alcohol while pregnant. Additionally, experts advise against drinking alcohol before getting pregnant or when nursing a baby.

Alcohol intake carries a variety of dangers, and your individual risk lies somewhere along a continuum. Your risk is affected by a number of variables, including your socioeconomic level, gender, and age. Overall, the current research demonstrates that consuming alcohol in moderation is preferable.

Seven Key Takeaways

The authors of this final study have identified seven critical messages concerning alcohol consumption from this process of knowledge collection, underlining the risk of alcohol use during pregnancy and pre-conception.

Everyone benefits from consuming less alcohol as it is risky to consume alcohol at any level.

There is a continuum of risk for alcohol-related harms among healthy people, with the risk being: Negligible to low for people who drink two standard drinks or less per week; Moderate for people who drink three to six standard drinks per week; and Increasingly high for people who drink more than six standard drinks per week.

Any amount of consumption carries dangers, and most people will be more at risk of accidents or other issues if they consume more than two standard drinks on any given occasion.

Men’s drinking contributes significantly more to injuries, violence, and fatalities.

Health risks for women rise sharper than for men above low levels of alcohol usage.

It is best to abstain from alcohol while pregnant and before pregnancy.

It is best to avoid alcohol when breastfeeding for safety reasons.


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