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New alcohol guidelines say more than two drinks a week can lead to harm

If you have more than two alcoholic beverages a week, you have an increased risk of causing harm to yourself and to others.

That’s among the new messages in updated guidelines published by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.

The newly released Guidance on Alcohol and Health document also states that the risk of harm from alcohol is low for those who have two drinks or less in a week. 

But it’s moderate for those who have three to six drinks per week. And it’s “increasingly high” for those who consume seven or more drinks in a week. 

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The region’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ethan Toumishey, says in light of the new guidelines, Hastings & Prince Edward Public Health will look for new opportunities and programs that can support people with “healthy decision making” around alcohol. 

That could mean supporting regulations on alcohol marketing, limiting its availability and strengthening pricing policies. 

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