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The Effects of Too Much Alcohol

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While the majority of alcohol consumers in the province drink responsibly most of the time, there are occasions where people drink in ways that put their health and safety at risk. Research shows that:

  • Alcohol is one of the top three leading risk factors for death from cancer;
  • One in three people experience harm from someone else's drinking;
  • There are over 1,800 deaths, over 18,000 hospital admissions, and over 80,000 alcohol-related crimes every year in BC;
  • 40% of car crashes in BC are alcohol-related;
  • Healthcare and policing costs total $900+ million per year, almost equaling to the revenue generated from alcohol.

Alcohol is a particular problem if the drinker is consuming other drugs, operating a motor vehicle or pregnant. The combination of alcohol with energy drinks has become increasingly popular - this can be dangerous given the ability of energy drinks to mask feelings of intoxication, making people feel less drunk than they really are.

How much is too much?

To answer this question, experts from across Canada came together to develop Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines. These guidelines can help Canadians moderate their alcohol consumption and reduce their immediate and long-term alcohol-related harm.