Alcohol and your health
What you should know about the health risks of alcohol?
Most people drink responsibly and therefore do not suffer from the health or social consequences of alcohol. However, harmful alcohol use affects a wide range of people, regardless of race, cultural background, education, religion, gender or age.
Although people have consumed alcohol for thousands of years, many of the health risks of alcohol have only been discovered fairly recently.
In addition to chronic diseases that may affect drinkers after many years of heavy use, alcohol can cause accidents that result in death or disability. There is increasing evidence that besides volume of alcohol, the pattern of the drinking is relevant to the impact of alcohol on a person’s health and wellbeing.
In this section, DrinkWise Australia provides information on how alcohol may have an impact on your physical, social or mental health. It’s important to have the right information about alcohol and your health.