A new study suggests much of the drinking done in Canada is being done in excess.

Researchers from the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research say that at least half of alcoholic drinks — and probably much more — is being consumed on days or in weeks when drinkers have exceeded safe drinking limits.

According to the study, those limits are three drinks a day or a total of 10 drinks a week for women and four drinks a day or a total of 20 drinks a week for men.

The study found that 54 per cent of alcoholic drinks were consumed either in a drinking session that exceeded the safe limits or in a week when the safe limit was surpassed.