Canada’s Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines are based on the average person but the effects of alcohol vary greatly from one person to another so it’s important to know yourself. Weight and size, genetics, family history, mixing alcohol with other substances or medications, stress, hunger and lack of sleep can all change the way alcohol affects you.
In Alberta, alcohol is so much a part of social events that it is not usually thought of as a drug. However, alcohol is a drug and it is the drug used the most in Alberta. 76% of Albertans drink alcohol. However, the good news is the large majority drink responsibly. The proportion that drink harmfully varies by age group.
Source: 2015 Alcohol and Alberta Booklet, Alberta Health Services
15 drinks per week for men. That’s three standard drinks on most days, four on special occasions.
10 drinks per week for women. That’s two standard drinks on most days, three on special occasions.
Want to find out where you fit? Take the quiz.
Nope! The alcohol content of a beer can vary from 1.1 to 11 per cent and up. Compare how your beer choices are adding up to 1 standard drink.
– based on 1 standard drink which contains 17 ml of pure alcohol.
See how many standard drinks are in the beer serving sizes below.
– based on a standard beer at 5%
Social events such as parties and alcohol often go hand-in-hand. Keep in mind, most things are better in moderation, including alcohol. Everyone has a better time when friends and family members drink responsibly.