New NHMRC alcohol guidelines released

December 2020

The statistics around alcohol-related harm in Australia are staggering – 4000 alcohol-related deaths a year, 70,000 hospital admissions and links to more than 40 medical conditions. One in four Australians are drinking alcohol at risky levels and 10-15% of all emergency department presentations are alcohol-related. In an attempt to reduce health risks from drinking the NHMRC has updated their alcohol guidelines based on the current evidence. The recommended maximum number of standard drinks per week has dropped down to 10 from 14 and for the first time they have made a very clear statement about young people and advise no alcohol for anyone under the age of 18.

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