What is Alcohol?

Alcohol is a drug, and like all drugs, alcohol affects the way your body works as it can be toxic and addictive. Although after drinking a small amount alcohol may make you feel happy or more relaxed, it’s actually a depressant, meaning it slows down the messages that travel between your brain and body and can affect the way you think, feel and behave.

How Much Alcohol Is Safe to Drink?

Alcohol is never completely safe and affects everyone. The more you drink the greater the risk to your health.

Effects of Alcohol

There are short and long-term effects, in the short term drinking too much alcohol can lead to:

Unprotected or unwanted sex

Accidental injury (to yourself and others)

Alcohol poisoning


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Drinking more than 2 standard drinks a day can seriously affect your health over your lifetime. Long Term effects can include:

Mental health issues

Increased risk of diabetes and weight gain

Impotence and other problems with sexual performance

Fertility issues


Cirrhosis of the liver and liver failure.

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What are Standard Drinks?

Drinks come in different sizes and some are stronger than others. Standard drinks are a way to measure how much alcohol you drink; a standard drink is always equal to 10g of alcohol.

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Need Help to Reduce or Quit Alcohol?

If you are concerned you are drinking too much you should:

Consult your doctor; they can help you to manage any withdrawal symptoms you may have.

Knowing the benefits is key to staying motivated.

Work on a plan; this should include goals and triggers

Develop a support network

Useful Links and Contacts

If you are concerned about your drinking or that of a family member or friend there are many organisations, websites and services that offer alcohol support, counselling, and information:

Alcoholics anonymous (AA) Australia

1300 222 222


Drug Aware

Country WA 1800 198 024
City WA 08 9442 5000


Family Drug Support

1300 368 186

Health Direct

National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline

1800 250 015

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