High alcohol consumption can cause unwanted health effects such liver or brain damage, heart disease, high blood pressure, some cancers and unhealthy weight gain. It can also have a negative impact on your work and your social and mental wellbeing.
The Australian Alcohol Guidelines help to reduce your risk of alcohol-related harm over a lifetime:
- To reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury for healthy men and women, drink no more than 10 standard drinks per week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day.
- The less you choose to drink, the lower your risk of alcohol-related harm. For some people, not drinking at all is the safest option.
- To reduce the risk of injury and other harms to health, children and people under 18 years of age should not drink alcohol.
- 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.
For information about the Australian Alcohol Guidelines, visit the NHMRC website.
Workplaces can support workers to reduce their alcohol consumption by implementing actions to shift workplace culture, educate workers and provide access to support services. You can use Get Healthy at Work’s online Action Planner to choose the right initiatives for your workplace and workforce.