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Alcohol Guidelines for Australia is Revised


New alcohol guidelines have been revised and released by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for Australian’s to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol. The aim of the guidelines is to provide advice about the health risks so that Australians can make informed decisions on alcohol consumption.

Alcohol consumption can have effects on your body the moment you take the first sip. The holidays are just around the corner and people love to celebrate it with a pint of beer or a glass of wine. Having an occasional glass or two is not a cause for concern but regularly consuming alcoholic beverages can have harmful effects on your body.

Following the new alcohol guidelines keep the risk of harm from alcohol low, but it does not remove all risk. Healthy adults drinking within the guideline recommendations have less than a 1 in 100 chance of dying from an alcohol-relat

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The guidelines have been developed using the most recent and best available evidence on the health effects of alcohol consumption.

Guideline 1: Reducing the risk of alcohol-related harm for adults

To reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury, healthy men and women should drink no more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day. The less you drink, the lower your risk of harm from alcohol.

Guideline 2: Children and people under 18 years of age

To reduce the risk of injury and other harms to health, children and people under 18 years of age should not drink alcohol.

Guideline 3: Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding

To prevent harm from alcohol to their unborn child, women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy should not drink alcohol. For women who are breastfeeding, not drinking alcohol is safest for their baby.


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