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Discover the latest guidelines on how to reduce your risk of alcohol-related cancer and other chronic diseases.

How can I reduce alcohol-related chronic disease risk?

The UK’s low-risk drinking guidelines consider the risk of cancer, as well as other long terms risks from drinking too much alcohol. They recommend lower alcohol amounts than the Canadian Low Risk Drinking guidelines.

The recommended guidelines for both men and women to reduce alcohol-related disease risk are:

  • No more than six standard drinks a week.
  • No more than two standard drinks per day.

The UK guidelines are based on the following standard drink measures, which are slightly smaller than Canadian standard drinks:

  • One 284 ml (9.6 oz) glass of 4.5% alcohol beer.
  • One 35.5 ml (1.2 oz) shot of 40% hard liquor (vodka, rum, whisky, gin etc.).
  • One 100 ml (3.4 oz) glass of 12.5% wine.

In Canada, one standard drink is:

  • One 341 ml (12 oz) bottle of 5% alcohol beer, cider, or cooler.
  • One 43 ml (1.5 oz) shot of 40% hard liquor (vodka, rum, whisky, gin etc.).
  • One 142 ml (5oz) glass of 12% wine.

Read the evidence behind the guidelines: Alcohol Guidelines Review – Report from the Guidelines development group to the UK Chief Medical Officers

Why drink less?

Read about the benefits of drinking less


Drink Aware UK

The UK’s low-risk drinking guidelines.

Alcohol Sense

Resources from Healthy Families BC, including a blood alcohol calculator and Alcohol Sense quiz.