According to a new report from the Canadian Centre of Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), there are many health risks associated with consuming just one alcoholic drink a day.
The report suggests having more than six drinks a week (approximately 84 grams of alcohol) puts an individual at a higher risk of developing significant health issues including heart diseases, stroke, and cancer.
Following further analyses, the national health advisory group recommends that a person drink an average of zero to two alcoholic drinks per week to reduce the possibility of suffering negative outcomes to their health.
The report comes as a previous report published in 2011 suggested that males drink no more than 15 standard drinks a week and females consume no more than 10 standard drinks a week.
“The present analysis suggests that these thresholds are not consistent with the evidence and acceptable risk thresholds,” reads the report. “People who used these guidelines as a marker of risk may have experienced substantially more harm than originally hypothesized.”
Dr. Catherine Paradis, the interim associate director of research at the CSSA, suggested that the mandatory labelling of alcoholic drinks displaying safe portion sizes would show people exactly how much alcohol they are consuming, similar to calories and other nutritional values on food packaging.
The CCSA was created in 1988 and advised the federal government on substance use and solutions to address alcohol and drug abuse.
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