Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking
Guidelines are for 25- to 65-year-old
adults. For those over 65, the Addiction
and Mental Health Branch of Alberta
Health says that depending on your
health, state of mind and activities, you
may want to:
drinks a week (and have no more than
two drinks a day most days)
drinks a week (and no more than three
drinks a day most days).
Whatever your age, always check with
your doctor or pharmacist before using
alcohol with any medication.
when driving or using tools, working,
caring for others and several other
Detecting problem drinking (in
yourself or others) is not always
easy because the signs are similar to
symptoms related to aging, such as
an overall decline in health, social
isolation (introversion), memory
loss, sexual difficulties, depression,
insomnia and falls.
That’s why you may want to ask
yourself: how much do I drink—in a
week or a day?
While the percentage of older
adults misusing alcohol may not be
on the rise, the overall population
is aging and people are living much
longer, making the problem of alcohol
misuse among them a growing one. It
can seriously hamper your health and
independence and can affect health
care, housing and public safety where
Ultimately, the more aware you
are about how much you drink,
the less likely it will become a
— Colleen Seto
If you are concerned about your
own or another person’s drinking,
call the 24-hour Addiction
and Mental Health Helpline at
For more information, see
Canada’s Low-risk Alcohol
Drinking Guidelines at
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