Heavy drinking and binge drinking are risk factors for high blood pressure and for stroke. If you drink, it is important to follow Canada’s Low Risk Alcohol Guidelines.  

According to the Canada’s Low Risk Alcohol Guidelines you can reduce your long-term health risks by drinking no more than:

• 10 drinks a week for women, with no more than 2 drinks a day most days

• 15 drinks a week for men, with no more than 3 drinks a day most days

One drink is equal to:
-one 341 mL (12 oz) bottle of 5% beer
-one 142 mL (5 oz) glass of 12% wine
-one 43 mL (1-1/2 oz) shot of 40% spirits

Some individuals should not drink at all due to their medical condition and/or due to negative interactions that alcohol may have with their medications.  Talk with your doctor to see if it is safe for you to drink alcohol.