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About alcohol

Your starting point for information about alcohol — what it is, how it affects you, how much is safe to drink, standard drinks, alcohol laws and what we’re doing to reduce alcohol-related harm.

  • What is alcohol?
    Alcohol is a drug. Like other drugs, it affects the way your body works and can be toxic and addictive.
  • How much alcohol is safe to drink?
    It's never completely safe to drink alcohol. Find out about the Australian guidelines so you can reduce your risk of harm from alcohol.
  • Standard drinks guide
    Drinks come in different sizes and some are stronger than others. Use standard drinks to keep track of how much alcohol you're really drinking.
  • What are the effects of alcohol?
    Find out what happens in your body when you drink alcohol and how it can affect your health, your finances, your friends and your family.
  • How can you reduce or quit alcohol?
    Get some tips on how to take the first step. Find out why it's a good idea to see a doctor and to put together an action plan to achieve your goals.
  • Alcohol laws in Australia
    Australia has laws to help keep us safe from the harmful effects of alcohol, such as laws on drink driving and where you can drink.
  • What we're doing about alcohol
    We work with other organisations and the health community to reduce alcohol harm in Australia. Find out about our policies, guidelines and research.
Last updated: 
26 February 2019
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