National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

The avoidable costs of alcohol abuse in Australia and the potential benefits of effective policies to reduce the social costs of alcohol

6.3 Guidelines for low-risk drinking

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Guidelines which provide recommendations for low-risk drinking, supported by updated evidence, such as the draft Australian alcohol guidelines for low-risk drinking (NHMRC, 2008), continue to play a useful role in increasing public awareness of safe alcohol consumption, and also in support of brief interventions and clinician advice. While there are insufficient data to quantify and cost the effectiveness of such guidelines, it is reasonable to expect that the public should be provided with this information, reviewed and updated as appropriate.

With the publication of the latest NHMRC guidelines, there appears to be little scope for further improvement in this area of Australian alcohol policy.

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