Quick Tips

Here are some tips for rethinking your drinking.

Small choices can add up to lower the risks associated when drinking alcohol.

Set limits.

Set limits for yourself and stick to them. Stay within the daily limit of no more than 2 drinks for women or 3 drinks for men, and the weekly limit of 10 drinks for women or 15 drinks for men.

Drink slowly.

Take your time and have no more than 2 alcoholic drinks in a 3-hour period. Avoid drinking games that require chugging. If you drink a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) will rise quickly and increase your risks of experiencing negative effects.

Switch it up.

For every drink with alcohol, have a non-alcoholic drink. You will slow your consumption and increase the time between drinks.

There are no tricks.

Drinking coffee, splashing cold water on your face, and other techniques don’t help you sober up more quickly. Only time allows the body to process alcohol.

Don't mix alcohol and cannabis.

Alcohol and cannabis each affect people in different ways, and mixing them can lead to unpredictable and negative effects.

Fill up on food.

Eat before and while you are drinking. Food with high protein content is particularly good for helping to slow alcohol absorption.

Avoid an empty stomach.

If you eat very little, or skip meals before drinking, the effects of the alcohol are even greater.

Don't develop a habit.

Plan at least 2 non-drinking days every week so you don’t develop a habit.

Don't mix alcohol with energy drinks.

The high levels of caffeine in energy drinks override the depressant effects of alcohol and mask signs of intoxication, such as stumbling, slurred speech and sleepiness. Symptoms of intoxication may be reduced, but intoxication is not.