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Low Risk Drinking


Reduce your long-term health risks by drinking no more than:

  • 10 drinks a week for women, with no more than 2 drinks a day most days
  • 15 drinks a week for men, with no more than 3 drinks a day most days
  • drink no more than 3 drinks (for women) and 4 drinks (for men) on any single occasion.


It is important to recognize these guidelines are low-risk, not no-risk

Even one drink increases your risk of injury and chronic disease

OPHA Alcohol Harms infographic


Do not drink when you are:

  • driving a vehicle or using machinery and tools
  • taking medicine or other drugs that interact with alcohol
  • doing any kind of dangerous physical activity
  • living with mental or physical health problems
  • living with alcohol dependence
  • pregnant or planning to be pregnant


For these guidelines, “a drink” means

  • 341 ml (12 oz.) bottle of 5% alcohol beer, cider or cooler
  • 142 ml (5 oz.) glass of 12% alcohol wine
  • 43 ml (1.5 oz.) serving of 40% distilled

Drink Size Comparison chart


Chronic Illness and Alcohol

Rethink Your Drinking

Rethink your drink

Rethink your drink


Parents play an important role in their child’s decisions around alcohol and other drug use. To prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug use, here are 6 strategies for parents:

  1. Know what’s going on in your child’s life.
  2. Develop open and regular communication.
  3. Set expectations and consequences together.
  4. Be a positive role model.
  5. Build a close and caring relationship.
  6. Don’t provide alcohol or other drugs.

To learn more about each strategy and for more information about why it’s important to prevent alcohol and other drug use, visit

For more information, check out the Rethink Your Drinking Campaign.

Campaign Resources:

Municipal Alcohol Policy

Grey Bruce Municipal Alcohol Policy Template

MAP Template Evaluation Report

MAP Infographic

2019 Ontario Proposed Budget - Alcohol Policies

Reducing Alcohol Related Harms - Grey Bruce Position Paper

Server Training

Alcohol Outlets in Grey Bruce Summary Report

OPHA Alcohol Outlet Density Report


1. Why have a policy?

  • to provide guidelines for alcohol use in municipal buildings, and grounds
  • to decrease the risk of alcohol related problems which could result in lawsuits
  • to make the community a safer place

2. Who is involved?

  • municipal staff
  • volunteers
  • rental groups
  • general public
  • police
  • ARF/Health Unit

3. What is an alcohol risk management policy?

  • a strategy to help people understand and reduce alcohol related risks

4. Where are the places that are affected?

  • any municipally owned facilities, buildings, or grounds
  • the policy will state which municipal facilities are included or not
  • parks
  • campgrounds on municipal land
  • libraries
  • town halls
  • firehalls
  • arenas
  • fair grounds
  • part or all of a building, or grounds

5. When do people have a say about the policy?

  • you could represent the community at large or a user group during policy development
  • public meetings are held during the planning process
  • written comments are accepted on the draft before it is approved by council
  • the policy should be reviewed on an annual basis. Suggestions for change can be made at that time.

Responsible Hosting

When you’re planning a party, always plan it responsibly. Here you’ll find plenty of great hosting tips along with some ways to ensure that drinking and driving will never become the elephant in the room

Celebrate with Mocktails

Mocktails are non-alcoholic beverages, each with their own unique look and taste.  Here are a few good reasons to use Mocktails at your next party:

  1. Health:  In order to reduce the risks associated with alcohol, low-risk drinking guidelines suggest that you alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks. Why not alternate with Mocktails!
  2. Decreasing liability: As the host of a party, you can be sued – and sued big.  You can be held responsible for injuries of damages that occur as a result of the alcohol you provide—you can even be sued if you didn’t actually serve a drop of alcohol, yet one of your guests is hurt or hurts someone else in an alcohol-related incident.  One step in reducing your risk of being sued is to ensure that there are non-alcoholic beverages, like Mocktails, available for your guests.  Having non-alcoholic drinks available can help to prevent ‘over-drinking’ and the potential problems associated with drinking too much alcohol.
  3. Role-Modeling: Parents are their children’s key role models-you can show your children that alcohol does not have to be present at a celebration in order to have fun by toasting with a Mocktail.
  4. Fun for Everyone: Anyone at your party, including children, designated drivers, or guests who simply choose not to drink alcohol, can enjoy a tasty Mocktail.

Try one or more of these tasty recipes, which were taken from the LCBO’s  ‘Mocktail Guide’, at your next Christmas, New Year’s or birthday party:


The Cherry Ale

Fill a juice glass with ice.  Add 2-oz cherry juice, ½ oz lime cordial and top with ginger ale. Garnish with lime heel or cherries.

The Gentle Breeze

Fill a goblet with ice.  Add 4-oz cranberry juice and 4 oz grapefruit juice.  Garnish with a fresh cranberry and mint leaf.

The Soda Shop Cola

Fill a highball glass with ice.  Add ½ teaspoon maraschino cherry juice and ¼ tsp. vanilla extract.  Top with cola and garnish with a lemon wedge.

The Vienna Soother 

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 4 oz cold strong coffee, 2 oz cream, ¼ oz chocolate syrup and ½ tsp. cinnamon.  Shake sharply and strain into a tumbler.  Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate. 

The Caesar Jr.

Rim a double old-fashioned glass with fresh lime and celery salt.  Fill with ice and add ½ tsp. Worcestershire, ¼ tsp. tabasco (or to taste) the juice of ¼ fresh lime and ½ tsp. grated horseradish.  Top with clamato and stir.  Garnish with a celery stalk and a cherry tomato (optional).

The Berry Patch

In a blender, combine 2 scoops vanilla ice cream with 2 oz each fresh blueberries, raspberries and strawberries and ½ cup milk.  Blend thoroughly and strain into a tumbler or martini glass.  Sprinkle with fresh berries.

The Sunrise Blend

In a blender, add 1-cup ice, 3 oz. fresh orange juice, 3-oz. fresh pineapple juice, 2 fresh strawberries and 1 banana.  Blend until slushy and strain into a large tumbler.  Garnish with strawberries.

The English Garden Sipper

Fill a cooler glass with ice.  Add 4 oz iced tea and 4-oz raspberry juice.  Garnish with fresh lemon and raspberries.

The Tropical Spritzer

In a cocktail glass filled with ice, add 3-oz mango juice and 3 oz peach juice.  Top with soda water and stir to mix.  Garnish with a star fruit (a piece of fruit, cut into a star shape with a toothpick through it to hold it over the top of the glass). 

The Coco Colada

In a blender, add 1-cup ice, 4-oz pineapple juice and 2-oz cream of coconut (or 6-oz pina colada mix).  Blend until slushy and strain into an old fashioned drinking or margarita glass.  Garnish with an orange wheel.


The Supper Sipper

In a goblet filled with ice, add 3-oz grape juice and 3 oz lemonade.  Top with sparkling water and garnish with a lemon wheel (optional).

The Rainbow Cooler

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2 oz each orange, pineapple and passion fruit juice, the juice of ¼ fresh lemon and 1 tsp. grenadine. 

Shake until chilled and strain into a highball glass filled with ice.  Garnish with fresh kiwi. 



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