Summary of the Guidelines
Guideline 1: Reducing the risk of alcihol-related harm over a lifetime
The lifetime risk of harm from drinking alcohol increases with the amount consumed.
"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: Reducing the risk of injury on a single occasion of drinking
On a single occasion of drinking, the risk of alcohol-related injury increases with the amount consumed.
" 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: Children and young people under 18 years of age
For children and young people under 18 years of age, not drinking alcohol is the safest option.
"A: Parents and carers should be advised that children under the 15 years of age are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking and that for this group, not drinking alcohol is especially important
B: For you people aged 15 - 17 years, the safest option is to delay the initiation age of drinking for as long as possible"
Guideline 4: Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Maternal alcohol consumption can harm the developing fetus or breastfeeding baby.
"A: For women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, not drinking is the safest option
B: For women who are breastfeeding, not drinking is the safest option"
This information was put together with the help of the National Health and Medical Research Council: Alcohol guidelines: reducing the health risks
Last Updated: February 2012