Canadians are being told to restrict their alcohol intake to just two drinks a week, under new guidelines from top government advisers.
The Canadian Center on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) recommended on Tuesday that the country’s 38 million residents drink no more than two standard drinks per week. This was a major drop from ten drinks a week for women and 15 for men.
Experts were quick to criticize the guide as “worse than useless” and said it “ignored” the benefits of drinking. Some feared that the exaggerated guidelines were so ridiculous that people would not follow them and that they had undermined trust in health officials.
Canada’s advice is also not in line with many other countries, including the US, which says women can have up to seven standard drinks a week and men can have 14. In Australia, guidance allows up to 11 bottles of beer a week. week.
The above shows the recommended maximum weekly alcohol intake by country. The standards were compared to Canada, which considers a 12-ounce bottle of beer or a 5-ounce glass of wine a standard alcoholic beverage. This is the same measurement used in the US.
Dr. Erin Hobin, a senior scientist at the Canadian agency behind the guideline, told the BBC: ‘The new guidance is perhaps a bit shocking.
‘(But) the main message of this new guide is that any amount of alcohol is not good for your health. And if you drink, less is better.
He added: “I think it’s very new information to the public that with three standard drinks per week, the risk of head and neck cancer increases by 15 percent and increases even more with each additional drink.”
However, experts were quick to criticize the move with Dr. Dan Malleck, a professor of health sciences at Brock University in Ontario, saying: “(This guide) isn’t useless, it’s worse than useless.” It is likely to cause damage.
He added: “It will cause worry, anxiety and stress, all of which are strongly associated with harm to health.”
Asked if it would lead to more people ignoring Canadian health guidance, he said: “Some people will ignore the recommendations and some people will worry.”
The chart above was published by the Canadian health authorities to show how many drinks they consider to be moderate or high risk.
The above shows the standard measure for a drink in Canada
The CCSA considers a standard alcoholic beverage to be a 12-ounce bottle of beer or a 5-ounce glass of wine.
It now says that having one or two drinks a week is “low risk” for Canadians.
But drinking three to six a week puts people at “moderate risk” for health problems.
Raising this to seven or more drinks per week was putting people at “increasingly higher risk,” the group says.
This means that the average Canadian is advised not to drink at all or, if they do, to limit themselves to one or two drinks per week maximum.
The group updated the guide into a 90-page report, reviewed by two dozen scientists, claiming to have looked at more than 6,000 different studies.
However, other experts have been quick to poke holes in his methodology, saying that he only looked at 16 papers of the same train of thought.
The CCSA report was concerned about seven different types of cancer that it said could be linked to alcohol use.
First on the list were breast and colon cancers, followed by cancers of the rectum, mouth and throat, liver, esophagus, and larynx.
Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of the disease in Canada.
Doctors say her main risk factors for the disease include being older, having a family history of breast cancer, obesity and starting periods at a younger age.
The report likely sent shockwaves through Canada today and left many residents alarmed that they may have been drinking at unsafe levels.
When asked about the guidelines in central London, Ontario, today student Hailey Frank said CBC: ‘It’s definitely worrying. I feel like most people, when they drink, are having more than two drinks, especially college students.’
But others have been more dismissive of the measures.
Dr. Dan Malleck, a public health expert at Brock University, called the guide “worse than useless.”
Another student, Cheryl Mason, told the publication: ‘I don’t think it would stop anyone anyway. My grandparents definitely have more than two drinks a week, and they’re fine.’
Resident Wayne White added: “I have mixed feelings about it because I live with my grandparents, who drink wine every day.” It’s 97.’
Experts were quick to criticize the guidance, saying it was “irresponsible” and “ignorant” of the benefits of drinking alcohol.
Dr Malleck told DailyMail.com: “I know people who are already worried about their alcohol consumption because of these guidelines, and especially worried because they’ve already exceeded what these guidelines say are the safe maximums for their lifetime.” .
“So it will cause worry, anxiety and stress, all of which are strongly associated with harm to health.”
added Twitter: ‘I don’t need to tell you about your life, but alcohol infuses many lives in many positive ways.
‘We celebrate achievements, we celebrate occasions, we bring wine to parties, we meet friends, we commiserate, we relax, we let off steam… these are important activities and are part of the texture and tone of many lives.
“I’m not saying you need to drink to enjoy life, but many people find it enjoyable and enjoyable.”
Canada’s new guidelines are well below the recommendations for other countries.
In the UK, health authorities say that people should not drink more than six pints or six glasses of wine a week.
This equates to about 10 bottles of beer by Canada’s measure of a standard beer, or seven glasses of wine. Great Britain considers a beer to weigh around 16 oz, while wine is 6 oz.
In Australia, the health authorities say that people should not have more than 10 drinks a week. This equated to about 11 beers or seven glasses of wine compared to the Canadian measure.
France also says that people should not have more than 10 beers or glasses of wine a week. But when converted to Canadian measurements, this equated to about seven bottles of beer or seven glasses of wine a week.
The United States, which uses the same measures as Canada, says it is safe for women to drink 10 bottles of beer or glasses of wine a week. Men can have 15 of each.
Rejecting Canada’s move, trade industry body Canada Beer convened a panel of experts to review the agency’s work.
A spokeswoman added: ‘Responsible and moderate drinking can be part of a balanced lifestyle for most adults of legal drinking age.
“However, excessive alcohol consumption and abuse should be avoided because they are associated with elevated health risks that have long been common knowledge.”
About two-thirds of Canadians drink alcohol, estimates suggest.
For comparison, in the US about 70 percent of people say they drink alcohol.
The CCSA also has strict guidelines on the use of marijuana, which is legal in Canada, and recommends not using the drug more than once a week.
Alcohol is now behind a FIFTH of deaths among adults under 50, according to a CDC report
Alcohol use is linked to one in five deaths in the US from all causes, according to an official study, with the Plains states suffering the highest mortality.
Research led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that there were about 90,000 deaths among adults ages 20 to 65 per year between 2015 and 2019 in which alcohol was a underlying or contributing cause.
Alcohol accounted for 12 percent of deaths from all causes during the five-year period. When narrowed down to people ages 20 to 49, alcohol accounted for 20.3 percent of deaths.
Causes of death attributable to alcohol use include alcoholic liver disease, poisoning, motor vehicle accidents, homicide, cirrhosis, and hypertension.
The figures do not include the period of the covid pandemic, when scores of studies suggest that binge drinking has increased due to boredom and economic problems.
Alcohol use is the leading cause of preventable death in the US.