Two drinks per week, dry January: Canada’s new recommendation for alcohol consumption

The new guidelines from Health Canada include adding warning labels to all alcoholic products




The country should observe Dry January in 2023, as it is the only risk-free strategy, according to Canada’s updated alcohol consumption guidelines. The government-backed advice states that two drinks a week at most are considered to be low-risk if you choose to drink at all.

The most recent advice represents a significant reduction from the previous 2011 recommendation, which set a weekly limit of 10 drinks for women and 15 for males.

The new guidelines from Health Canada include adding warning labels to all alcoholic products in addition to lowering alcohol intake to zero.

Erin Hobin, a senior scientist with Public Health Ontario and a member of the expert group that created the guidelines, stated that the main message of the new guidelines is that drinking alcohol at any level is bad for your health. However, drinking less is better.

Any more than two standard drinks — the equivalent of a 12-ounce (341ml; 0.6 pints) serving of 5% alcohol beer or a five-ounce (142ml; 0.26 pints) glass of 12% alcohol wine — causes a rise in negative outcomes, including breast and colon cancer, according to CCSA.

Given that 80% of adults in Canada enjoy drinking, this latest finding might come as a shock to them.