Richmond Addiction Services Society

Support RASS

Support RASS

  • Monday-Friday
    (except Wednesday)
    8:30am-4:30pm
    Wednesday:
    8:30am-8:00pm
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    604.270.9220
    200-7900 Alderbridge Way
    Richmond BC,  V6X 2A5

Your limits - 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 Plan non-drinking days every week to avoid developing a habit.

Safer Drinking Tips

  • Set limits for yourself and stick to them.
  • Drink slowly. Have no more than 2 drinks in any 3 hours.
  • For every drink of alcohol, have one non-alcoholic drink.
  • Eat before and while you are drinking.
  • Always consider your age, body weight and health problems that might suggest lower limits.
  • While drinking may provide health benefits for certain groups of people, do not start to drink or increase your drinking for health benefits.

For these guidelines, "a drink" means:

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Low-risk drinking helps to promote a culture of moderation.
Low-risk drinking supports healthy lifestyles.

When zero’s the limit 

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
  • responsible for the safety of others
  • making important decisions

Delay your drinking  - Alcohol can harm the way the body and brain develop. Teens should speak with their parents about drinking. If they choose to drink, they should do so under parental guidance; never more than 1–2 drinks at a time, and never more than 1–2 times per week. They should plan ahead, follow local alcohol laws and consider the Safer drinking tips listed in this brochure. Youth in their late teens to age 24 years should never exceed the daily and weekly limits outlined in Your limits.

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or about to breastfeed, the safest choice is to drink no alcohol at all.

Special occasions - Reduce your risk of injury and harm by drinking no more than 3 drinks (for women) or 4 drinks (for men) on any single occasion. 
Plan to drink in a safe environment. Stay within the weekly limits outlined in Your Limits