National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Guidelines

The NHMRC 2009 Alcohol guidelines are about reducing risks to your health from alcohol. Their recommendations are for all of community.

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.

3A 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.

3B For young people aged 15-17 years, the safest option is to delay the initiation of drinking for as long as possible.

Guideline 4

4A For women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, not drinking is the safest option.

4B For women who are breastfeeding, not drinking is the safest option.

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Always check with a doctor or health worker if you are unwell or on medication to see if it is safe to drink alcohol.

For young people under the age of 18 drinking alcohol is not safe and can cause damage to your mind and body. It can also get you into trouble with the law.

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