There is no level of drinking that can be guaranteed as completely safe. The Australian Guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol advise:

1: reduce the risk of alcohol-related harm over a lifetime by drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day

2: reduce the risk of injury on a single occasion of drinking by drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasions

3: children under 15 years of age are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking and not drinking any alcohol is especially important

4: for women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy and  breastfeeding,  not drinking is the safest option.

A standard drink contains 10 grams of alcohol regardless of the alcohol type or container. Examples of one standard drink are 100 ml of wine ( red or white), 285ml of full strength beer, 100ml of champagne, 30ml of spirits and 275ml of ready to drink ( 5% content).

One person is hospitalised in Western Australia every 27 minutes for an alcohol-related condition, costing $155 million in hospital costs in 2014. The National Alcohol Guidelines recommend no more than two standard drinks on any day, but one in five West Australians drink at higher levels ( from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey).  Each West Australian drinks 12 litres of pure alcohol per year on average ( the equivalent of 129 bottles of wine).

The WA Government has launched a risk tool, promoting the health and financial benefits of reducing our intake of alcohol , called Alcohol Think Again. The online risk tool allows you to assess whether your current drinking levels are putting your health at risk and encourages you to set new goals if you would like to reduce your risk, save money and reduce your kilojoules intake.


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