Drinking Guidelines


National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released a set of guidelines in 2009 that aim to reduce the health risks that arise from drinking alcohol.

Guideline 1

For healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury.

Guideline 2

For healthy men and women, drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion.

Guideline 3

For children and young people under 18 years of age, not drinking alcohol is the safest option.

Parents and carers should be advised that children under 15 years of age are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking and that, for this age group, not drinking alcohol is especially important.

For young people aged 15?17 years, the safest option is to delay the initiation of drinking for as long as possible.

Guideline 4

Maternal alcohol consumption can harm the developing foetus or breastfeeding baby.

For women who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding not drinking is the safest option.

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