Responsible Liquor Consumption

How to drink liquor safely:

  • Keep track of how much you’re drinking and pace yourself
  • Follow up each alcoholic beverage with a glass of water
  • Drink on a full stomach, or eat something while you drink
  • If you are female: drink no more than 10 drinks a week, with no more than 2 drinks a day most days
  • If you are male: drink no more than 15 drinks a week, with no more than 3 drinks a day most days

You should never drink when you’re:

  • Driving a vehicle, operating machinery, or using tools
  • Taking a medication or a drug which shouldn’t be paired with alcohol – and if you’re not sure, don’t risk it
  • Participating in an activity that could be dangerous
  • Living with certain mental or physical health conditions, including alcohol addiction
  • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Responsible for someone else’s safety
  • Making a big decision

Alcohol Sense – This resource, hosted by Healthy Families BC, provides information about responsible alcohol use, including a blood alcohol calculator, low risk drinking guidelines, and parenting resources. It is an initiative of the Ministry of Health, the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, the Liquor Distribution Branch, and the Centre for Addictions Research of BC.

Binge Drinking – A few drinks when you're out is usually no problem. But when it devolves into binge drinking you can ruin your night, your next day and your relationships. This B.C. government information website will provide you with what you need to know to evolve your drinking habits.

B.C. Liquor Stores Responsible Use Information – B.C. liquor stores have monthly in-store campaigns raising awareness on responsible topics including risks of alcohol and pregnancy and Get Home Safe programs, which give beer and wine festival organizers the opportunity to distribute free public transit tickets to festival patrons.

Canada's Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines – see this website for Canada's new Low Risk Drinking Guidelines, developed on behalf of the National Alcohol Strategy Advisory Committee.

Reality Check – a tool to assess your own drinking habits to learn if you might be at risk, developed by the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria.

Dry Grad Guidebook for B.C. – this 'Life Starts Now!' describes dry grad planning from start to finish, incorporating ideas and suggestions for success from previous dry grad organizers, and information on specific B.C. legislation relevant to dry grad planning.

Alcohol and Aging – Did you know that the same amount of alcohol will produce higher blood alcohol content in an older person – and make them more impaired – than in a younger adult of the same weight? This web page has information about low risk drinking for older adults.

BC Healthy Communities - Local governments and First Nations that own or manage venues where liquor is served can apply to BC Healthy Communities for up to $7,000 to develop a Municipal Alcohol Policy. This helps ensure municipalities have clear guidelines for alcohol use in facilities they own or manage and can reduce problems such as fighting, verbal abuse, and injuries.