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but check out the low risk guidelines and additional risks to get the right mix.
Low-risk drinking to reduce the lifetime risk of harm from disease or injury for healthy men and women is:
- on any day no more than 2 standard drinks.
Low-risk drinking to reduce the harm of injury or death on any one occasion of drinking is:
- no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day (on a special occasion, not regular drinking) these drinks should be spread out over several hours;
- have regular alcohol-free days.
For women who are planning to become pregnant, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding, no alcohol is the safest option.
Even if you are in the low risk category you may need to drink less if you are in one of the above groups that are more susceptible to the effects of alcohol. Talk to your doctor or other health professional. Avoid intoxication:
If you are going to drive, operate machinery or engage in sport or other activities requiring skill you should avoid getting drunk and stay under the 0.05 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) by:
Men: drinking no more than two standard drinks in the first hour and no more than one every hour thereafter
Women: drinking only one standard drink per hour.
Tips for changing your drinking
- Don’t drink on an empty stomach - eat before and during drinking.
- Choose light beer or other low alcohol drinks.
- Set a limit to your drinking time.
- Start with a juice or soft drink to quench your thirst.
- Drink slowly and don’t top up drinks.
- Do other things while drinking - play pool, cards etc.
- Refill your own glass.
- Count your standard drinks.
- Drink at your own place, avoid shouts.
- Have one to two alcohol free days each week.
If your drinking is risky or high risk and you need more help.
Also see more information at therightmix.gov.au.
Low-risk drinking is part of a healthy lifestyle that includes good diet and regular exercise.
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