This Version Posted: May 25, 2020
COVID-19 has changed day-to-day routines, including how and when you drink alcohol. With alcohol sales increasing across Canada during the pandemic, experts worry stress and the isolation of physical distancing and working from home will lead to more people drinking alcohol more often. This is a concern even for people who only drink once and awhile. .
Alcohol is a leading cause of disease, disability and premature death in Canada. In the short-term, alcohol can lead to more injuries. Over the long-term, drinking too much alcohol can increase the risk of cancer, liver disease, heart disease, stroke, mental illness and alcohol dependence.
Reduce Your Risk
- 10 drinks a week for women, with no more than two drinks a day most days
- 15 drinks a week for men, with no more than three drinks a day most days.
- Plan non-drinking days every week to avoid developing a habit
Do not drink when you:
- Drive a vehicle or use machinery and tools
- Take medicine or other drugs that interact with alcohol
- Do any kind of dangerous physical activity
- Live with mental or physical health problems
- Have an alcohol dependency
- Are expecting or trying to get pregnant
- Look after the safety (and well-being?) of others
- Make important decisions
- ConnexOntario – Get help if you’re concerned about your own or someone else’s alcohol use
- Speak to your Health Care Provider (NOTE: While some doctors’ offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19, many are still able to help by phone)
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Alcohol Use
- World Health Organization – Alcohol and COVID-19