For several years, the recommended alcohol intake for Canadians was up to 2 drinks a day or 10 a week for women, and up to 3 drinks a day and 15 a week for men. Educ'alcool, a non-profit organization providing prevention tactics, education, and information about drinking to Canadians, recently approved and adopted the new decision taken by the Canadian Guidelines on Alcohol and Health.
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With the new recommendation of 2 drinks or less per week, the question is, why would the recommended intake suddenly change after years of it remaining the same? Researchers believe that the negative health impacts of alcohol are growing.
The effects of drinking alcohol are now compared to the damages created by cigarettes and other harmful substances. Drinking alcohol is also causing increased risks of cardiac diseases, cancer, and other health issues.
Thankfully, in response, the market for non-alcoholic beverages in Quebec is expanding! Local brands such as Atypique, Monsieur Cocktail, and Romeo's Gin are all offering more and more alocohol-free, pre-mixed drinks. Try them out at your next dinner party!