Drinking Alcohol in Moderation
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have released the Australian Alcohol Guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol. The Guidelines provide evidence and advice to the community so that individuals can make informed decisions about alcohol consumption.
The NHMRC also recommends that for healthy men and women drinking no more than four (4) standard drinks on a single occasion reduces your risk of alcohol related harm.
There are a number of things that you can do to reduce the health risks of alcohol. For example, ensure that you stay within low risk levels by following the Australian Alcohol Guidelines; and don’t get to a stage where you are misusing alcohol or no longer capable of controlling your drinking habits. These include:
- Set limits for yourself and stick to them
- Start with non-alcoholic drinks and alternate with alcoholic drinks
- Drink slowly
- Try drinks with a lower alcohol content
- Eat before or whilst you are drinking
- If you participate in rounds of drinks try to include some non-alcoholic drinks