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Are you rethinking how much alcohol you drink?

It’s Dry January and there’s a new set of health guidelines. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction says no amount of alcohol is safe and any more than two drinks a week is risky. Should the government start regulating alcohol like cigarettes?

Should the government start regulating alcohol like it does with cigarettes? Call us: 1-888-416-8333

A shopping cart full of bottles in a BC liquor store in August of 2022.
Canada's alcohol-related deaths hit a record 3,875 in 2021, according to Statistics Canada. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

It's Dry January and there's a new set of health guidelines.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) says no amount of alcohol is safe and any more than two drinks a week is risky. 

Previous guidance to reduce long-term health impacts included no more than 10 drinks per week for women and 15 for men.

Our question this week: Are you rethinking how much alcohol you drink? Should the government start regulating alcohol like cigarettes?

Join host Ian Hanomansing on CBC Radio One and CBC Listen and CBC News Network. Call Checkup at 1-888-416-8333, send an email or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Duration 9:57
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