MONTREAL, Jan. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - "2 . 3 . 4 . 5 . 0" sums up
Educ'alcool's recommendations for anyone seeking personal guidelines on
low-risk drinking. And it's a first in Québec.
"With the release of our fifth Alcohol and Health report - this one on
what constitutes low-risk drinking - Educ'alcool fills both a gap and a need,"
says Hubert Sacy, Director General of Educ'alcool.
"Of course," he continued, "similar information can be found in various
publications, most of them of a medical nature. But this is the first time
that standards have been set and broadly communicated in Québec. The gap has
effectively been filled."
The need was obvious. Quebecers really are thirsting for knowledge! A
2007 Educ'alcool-CROP poll found that seven out of ten people said they wanted
to know more about how much alcohol they can drink without endangering their
health. Given all the studies constantly being done on the effects - both
positive and negative - of alcohol, it's not surprising that so many people
seek guidelines for low-risk drinking.
2 . 3 . 4 . 5 . 0
The formula is simple and easy to remember. It refers to the recommended
number of drinks and the difference is primarily sex-based.
2: Women who want to drink responsibly - and for the health benefit after
menopause - should have no more than TWO drinks a day.
3: Men who want to drink moderately - and for the health benefit after
the age of 40 - should have no more than THREE drinks a day.
4: To avoid intoxication and the associated complications, women should
have no more than FOUR drinks on a single occasion.
5: Men who wish to avoid intoxication and the associated complications
should have no more than FIVE drinks on a single occasion.
0: A good habit. To avoid any kind of habituation or dependency, we
recommend that everyone - men and women - have NO alcoholic drinks at least
one day a week.
And a reminder: If you are a woman of child-bearing age, Educ'alcool
recommends that you do not drink alcohol from the time you decide to
become pregnant, or if you think you might be pregnant.
These recommendations are intended for the general public. However, as
the research shows with increasing clarity, when it comes to alcohol, we are
not all born equal. The effects of alcohol can vary greatly from one person to
the next, which means that these guidelines are not necessarily good for
Genetic heritage, weight and age are among the important factors we must
all consider when figuring out what "moderate drinking" means for us.
As the Educ'alcool publication points out, people can also be vulnerable
in other ways.
For example, the low-risk drinking guidelines may not be valid for
someone who is taking medication. People on medication should be extra
cautious and check with their doctor or pharmacist to see whether alcohol is
Also, when you are very hungry, tired or stressed, you should
drink less than is recommended in the guidelines.
Other things to remember
The publication concludes with a number of reminders:
- Know what a "standard drink" is, whether it's beer, wine, cider,
spirits, fortified wine or a premixed drink (cooler).
- Be aware of how much is being poured and the alcohol percentage in what
you're drinking, particularly given that the trend is to increase that
percentage in various products.
- Remember that drinking alcohol is inappropriate under certain
Where to get the publication
Low-risk drinking: 2 . 3 . 4 . 5 . 0 can now be downloaded directly from
the Educ'alcool website at www.educalcool.qc.ca. Free copies may be ordered by
calling Educ'alcool at 1-888-ALCOOL1. They can also be obtained at a number of
hospitals, CLSCs and SAQ stores.
For further information:
For further information: Sarah-Emilie Bouchard, HKDP Communications and
Public Affairs, (514) 395-0375 ext. 229, Cell: (514) 250-7595,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Source: Educ'alcool, Hubert Sacy, Director General