How to cut down and reduce your risk

How to cut down and reduce your risk


Drinking in moderation can be a fun way to socialize with friends and family. But when you drink more than the limits suggested by the low-risk drinking guidelines, you can increase your chances of injury and long-term health problems. If you choose to drink alcohol, the best way to reduce your risk is to drink responsibly, know your limits and plan ahead. 

Tips to enjoy alcohol responsibly and reduce how much you drink:

Set limits for yourself and stick to them. See the low-risk drinking guidelines.
Track how much you drink on a daily and weekly basis.
Drink less than two drinks (for women) or three drinks (for men) on any day.
Drink slowly and do not ‘chug’. Have no more than one “standard” drink per hour (and no more than two drinks in any three hours).
Switch your drinks so that for every drink of alcohol, you have one non-alcoholic drink, like water or juice.
Eat before your drink and while you are drinking. This will help slow absorption of the alcohol.
Try not to drink every day – plan several days each week that are alcohol-free.
Do not mix alcohol with medications from the doctor or nurse. Alcohol can make the medications prescribed less effective and cause effects that you do not expect or are unable to control.
Do not play drinking games where there is “chugging”.
Do not try to keep up “drink-for-drink” with your friends
Talk to a friend or family member about helping you stick to your limit.

Do not drink if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant or about to breastfeed.

If you want support to cut down on your drinking, click here.