Australian Government Department of Health
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Alcohol

Information about alcohol-related health issues and Australian Government policy.

In everyday use, alcohol usually refers to drinks such as beer, wine, or spirits containing ethyl alcohol - a substance that can cause drunkenness and changes in consciousness, mood, and emotions. It is these intoxicating and psychoactive effects that lead to so many accidents, injuries, diseases, and disruptions in the family life of everyday Australians.

Due to the different ways that alcohol can affect people, there is no amount of alcohol that can be said to be safe for everyone. People choosing to drink must realise that there will always be some risk to their health and social well-being. However, there are ways to minimise the risks. This site is designed to give Australians a basic knowledge and understanding about alcohol and its consequences in order to make informed decisions so they might minimise the risk of alcohol-related harms.

Where to go for help if you or someone you know has problems with alcohol

Alcohol and Drug Information Services in each State/Territory:

ACT: 02 6207 9977

NSW: Sydney 02 9361 8000
NSW country 1800 422 599

SA: 1300 131 340

VIC: 1800 888 236

NT:Darwin 08 8922 8399
Central Australia 08 8951 7580
Territory wide 1800 131 350

QLD: 1800 177 833

TAS: 1800 811 994

WA: Perth 08 9442 5000
WA country 1800 198 024