“As the New Year approaches, many of us will be looking for ways to celebrate. For some, these festivities will include serving and drinking alcohol, while others will find this season difficult due to the estrangement of their friends and family, ”says Dr. Theresa Tam said in a released statement. Friday. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw that some Canadians increased their alcohol consumption.
Canada’s top doctor has already warned against drinking more alcohol during the pandemic. Reports attribute an increase in alcohol consumption among Canadians earlier this year to pandemic-induced boredom, increased stress and a lack of routine.
“I remind Canadians to be aware of the effects of increased alcohol consumption on their health and to find alternative ways to celebrate and manage stress that respect public health measures in your area,” said Tam in its press release today.
“This could include physical activity, mindfulness, connecting through phone calls and video chats, or celebrating with mocktails or other non-alcoholic drinks. ”
She mentioned a list of low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines prepared by the Canadian Center on Substance Use and Addiction, which includes information on standard drink sizes and recommended daily and weekly limits.
For special occasions, the guidelines advise no more than three drinks for women and four drinks for men.
The word of warning came with reminders for Canadians to stay inside their homes, practice physical distancing, and avoid non-essential travel.