• If you drink alcohol, always limit yourself to no more than:
    • Three drinks a day for men, with a weekly maximum of 15.
    • Two drinks a day for women, with a weekly maximum of 10.
  • A “drink” means:
    • 12 oz (1 bottle) of regular strength beer, cider or cooler (5% alcohol)
    • 5 oz of wine (12% alcohol)
    • 1 ½ oz distilled alcohol (40% alcohol)
  • Many medications do not mix well with alcohol, and may make the medication either less effective, or dangerously toxic.
  • You should always speak to your doctor before consuming alcohol if you have any of the following conditions: heart failure, living with diabetes, history of stroke, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, chronic kidney disease or liver disease.
  • Heavy/binge drinking can cause plaque in the arteries, heart failure, irregular heart rates, stroke, high blood pressure, increase in waist circumference and uncontrolled blood sugar. It also has been linked to many types of cancer.

For more information:

  • Speak to your Exercise Therapist, doctor or pharmacist.
  • Visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada website www.heartandstroke.ca for more information on alcohol and your cardiovascular health.
  • For alcohol and drug addiction programs visit www.centraleasthealthline.ca or visit www.camh.ca