Dr. John Ryan, consultant hepatologist at Beaumont hospital, told Today With Clare Byrne: “These guidelines reflect that there is no safe limit for drinking alcohol…. They seem very stark and severe, but that’s where they’re coming from.

“Two standard drinks might just be a pint, or a large glass of wine, so you’d get through that very, very quickly and it’s probably a good thing that we’re debating it and highlighting our relationship with alcohol individually and thinking to ourselves how best we might be able to cut down on our drink or in any kind of safer way.”

Byrne said these concerns from Canada are noteworthy and urged officials in Ireland to consider implementing them to address health concerns such as stroke, heart disease, and cancer.