Just how risky is it to drink more alcohol than Canada’s new guide advises? – CBC

Experts say it’s difficult to compare, but some Canadians want clearer answers

Jan 25, 2023

When newly revamped guidelines for low-risk alcohol use were revealed last week, it quickly sparked debate and, in some cases, frustration. Some Canadians were quick to dismiss them, saying the risks felt overblown.

The guidelines, released last Tuesday by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), state that no amount of alcohol is safe and recommends no more than two drinks a week for men and women, as alcohol-related deaths soar in Canada.

“My initial impression was, ‘You’ve gotta be kidding!'” said Dan Malleck, a professor of health sciences at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., and an internationally recognized historian of alcohol and drug policy.

He suggested that the way the CCSA presented alcohol-cancer risks was overblown, adding that the lack of comparative risks made it difficult for people to absorb. “It was suggesting that somehow we can avoid death,” he said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/alcohol-risks-cancer-questions-1.6723092

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