Tips For Safer Alcohol Use

  • Young adults over the age of 19 are encouraged to follow Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
  • If you are under the age of 19, Canada's Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines for Youth recommend not having more than 2 drinks a day (for girls) or 3 drinks a day (for boys) 
  • Be aware of how alcohol affects you as an individual
  • Plan ahead if you know you will be drinking alcohol (e.g., arrange a ride home, know where you're going) 
  • If you drink alcohol often, try to reduce the number of times per week that you use alcohol
  • Engage in activities during the evening (dancing, playing pool, playing darts etc.)
  • Don't drink on an empty stomach - eat before drinking and while drinking
  • Have a glass of water or soft drink to quench your thirst before having your first drink
  • Decide ahead of time how many drinks you'll have and stick to it
  • Periodically monitor how drunk you are, and slow down or stop for awhile if you're starting to feel you're not in control
  • Drink a glass of water or a soft drink in between alcoholic drinks
  • Don't try to keep up with other drinkers, and avoid drinking games
  • Know when you've had enough and say so
  • Don't let other people top up your drinks - and finish one before starting another

Tips to Keep Yourself Safe When Drinking Alcohol

  • Only get in a car with sober drivers - decide who will be the designated driver before you go out
  • Drink alcohol only in the company of good friends
  • Keep an eye out for each other - intervene if you see a friend becoming excessively drunk
  • Never leave your drink unattended

If You Choose Not to Drink Alcohol

Sometimes friends will try to pressure you to drink when you don't want to. Below are some strategies used by young people to justify not drinking: 

  • Claiming to not like the taste of alcohol
  • Being on medication
  • Taking on the task of being a designated driver
  • Making your own drinks without alcohol or ordering non-alcoholic drinks at a bar

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