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Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health 2023

Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health provides evidence-based advice on alcohol to support people in making informed decisions about their health. The guidance is based on the latest research on alcohol-related risks and replaces Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (LRDGs) issued in 2011.

Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health 2023

Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol poisoning is a serious — and sometimes deadly — result of drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time.

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Alcohol Use and Harms in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties

The aim is to use this report as a basis for discussing alcohol use and alcohol-related harms in Haldimand and Norfolk counties. The goal is to highlight that these harms are not just personal issues for those who drink, but rather an issue that affects the entire community.

Alcohol Use and Harms in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties

Drinking and Driving

Whenever you drive, whether it is a car, truck, boat, bike, or ATV, you rely on your brain for vision, coordination, and quick response to sudden changes in your surroundings. Alcohol and other drugs, starting at very small quantities, impair drivers’ abilities, increasing the chance of potentially fatal crashes.

Binge Drinking

Researchers define binge drinking as having many drinks on one occasion: five or more drinks for a male, or four or more drinks for a female.



Check your Drinking

Have you ever wondered how your drinking compares to others, how much money you spend, how many calories you consume, or what life might look like if you changed your drinking patterns? Take the anonymous quiz – you might be surprised.

Parental Resources

Educating your kids about alcohol and other drugs isn’t always easy. As children grow and develop, so do their social and environmental influences, increasing their chances of drug use.

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Pregnancy and Alcohol

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause a combination of physical and mental birth defects. The term Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is used to describe this range of effects. There is no safe time or amount to drink alcohol during pregnancy. It is safest not to drink any alcohol at all and to stop drinking before you get pregnant.

Sandy’s Law

An Act to amend the Liquor Licence Act by requiring signage cautioning pregnant women that the consumption of alcohol while pregnant is the cause of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Sandy's Law

Tips for Safer Drinking

When you enjoy alcohol, it can be easy to get into a routine of drinking too much, too often or in risky environments. Here are some simple things you can do to reduce your risk of harm from alcohol.

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