Managing alcohol consumption during a pandemic

Alcohol consumption rates have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, drinking alcohol is not healthy ways to cope with increased feelings of anxiety, stress or uncertainty. The following is the recommended maximum consumption of alcohol per week: 

- Women: 2 drinks per day, 10 drinks per week

- Men: 3 drinks per day, 15 drinks per week

One drink is equal to half a glass of wine, or 1 shot of hard liquor or 1 bottle of beer.

Drinking too much alcohol can have negative physical and mental side effects, including being at higher risk for liver damage. Remember that you can always say no if you are being offered alcohol, and instead you can have an alternative drink like pop or juice. 

You can call 1-800-663-1441 or 604-660-9382 for resources and to get help. These phone numbers will connect you to the Alcohol & Drug Information Referral Service through HealthLink BC. You can get referrals to community substance use services, support groups and information on topics like fetal alcohol syndrome. This service is currently only available to people living in British Columbia. Talk to a doctor or health professional if you are looking for more resources to support you.