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Lambton Public Health Advises to Rethink Your Drinking

This page was reviewed or revised on Monday, November 16, 2015 3:27 PM

Point Edward, ON - According to the Canadian Community Health Survey (2013/14) about 1 in 3 males and 1 in 5 females over the age of 12 years in Lambton County are considered heavy drinkers.

Heavy drinking is defined as 4 or more drinks for females and 5 or more drinks for males in one occasion.

“Drinking too much, too often is a concerning issue,” says Terry Easterby, Health Promoter at Lambton Public Health. “People are often unaware of the consequences of over-drinking in the short and long term.”

Whether it is a night of celebration or drinking games, it’s easy to lose track of how many drinks you’ve had. Continuous drinking can increase the risk of short and long-term alcohol-related harm.

The most common short-term risk of heavy drinking is a ‘hangover’ – headache, fatigue and nausea; however, more serious risks include:

  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Violence and injuries (car crashes, falls, fights)
  • Unprotected sex
  • Poor or regrettable decisions
  • Problems with finances, work or school
  • Long-term health effects, such as liver cirrhosis, heart problems, cancer

Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines, which help adults who choose to drink to make informed choices about their alcohol consumption, recommend:

  • Women consume no more than 10 drinks a week and no more than 2 drinks a day most days
  • Men consume no more than 15 drinks a week and no more than three drinks a day most days.

For more information about alcohol consumption and its health risks, visit or


Please contact:
Terry Easterby
Health Promoter
County of Lambton
519-383-8331 x 3537