Alcohol throughout life

Alcohol is never completely safe, but it can be especially risky for some people. Find out the risks if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, a young person, you live in a rural or remote area, or you're travelling.

  • Alcohol during pregnancy and 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.
  • Alcohol and young people
    To reduce the risk of injury and other harms to health, children and people under 18 years of age should not drink alcohol. Learn about the risks to your health if you binge drink or mix alcohol with other drugs. Get tips on staying safe when drinking at schoolies.
  • Alcohol in rural and remote communities
    Stressful events such as drought or isolation can increase your risk of dangerous drinking. Find out why looking after your general health can help.
  • Alcohol and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
    What you and your community can do to help reduce the risks of alcohol, and where you find culturally-sensitive support.
  • Alcohol and travel
    Different laws and risks apply depending on where and how you travel. Find out what they are before you travel in Australia or overseas.
Last updated: 
8 December 2020
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