ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE:
Excessive alcohol consumption
Drinking too much of any type of alcohol can increase your blood pressure and contribute to the development of heart disease and stroke.
If you drink alcohol, limit yourself to no more than:
- Two drinks a day most days, to a weekly maximum of 10 for women.*
“A drink” means:
- 341 mL / 12 oz (1 bottle) of regular strength beer (5% alcohol).
- 142 mL / 5 oz wine (12% alcohol).
- 43 mL / 1 1/2 oz spirits (40% alcohol).
* Do not drink when you are driving a vehicle, taking medications or other drugs that interact with alcohol, pregnant or are planning to be pregnant, making important decisions, doing any kind of dangerous physical activity, living with alcohol dependence or mental or physical health problems, or responsible for the safety of others. If you are concerned about how drinking may affect your health, talk to your doctor.
Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
These guidelines are not intended to provide health benefits but to minimize the risk of long-term health risks (social, mental, physical).
If you choose to drink, Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines can help you decide when, where, why and how to reduce your immediate and long-term alcohol-related harm. You should not adjust your drinking habits or begin to drink for health benefits without consulting your healthcare provider.
Recreational Drug use
Using these recreational drugs can increase your risk of having a stroke:
- cannabis (marijuana)
- heroin or opiates
- lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
- phencyclidine (PCP)
The risk of having a stroke is 5 times higher in drug users than non-drug users. And, in many cases when a stroke occurs, it happens within hours of drug use. Talk to your doctor about your options to live free of recreational drugs.