Alcohol and drinking responsibly

Most people like a drink from to time, whether it’s hanging out with mates, at the footy, or a cold one in front of the telly. A drink or two can help you unwind. However, too much grog can harm your health and hurt your relationships.

You don’t need to be an alcoholic for grog to badly affect you and the people around you. It only takes one bad move while you’re drunk to cause a lot of harm.

How much grog is too much?

According to safe drinking guidelines, a healthy person should drink no more than two standard drinks on any day. This will cut down alcohol-related risks over your life. People should also drink no more than four standard drinks in any one session to reduce the danger of injury.

These numbers are not absolute and it changes from person to person. For example, people who weigh less will be more affected by alcohol. They should drink less.

Drinking serving sizes are often more than one standard drink. There are also no common glass sizes across the country. Here some guidelines on how many standard drinks are in alcohol:

  • Beer– 285ml glass of full strength 4.8% alcohol volume = 1.1 standard drinks
  • Wine– 150 ml glass of 12% alcohol volume = 1.4 standard drinks
  • Spirits– 30 ml glass-1 nip of 40% alcohol volume = 1 standard drink

Look at the label of an alcoholic drink to see the number of standard drinks it contains. The Department of Health website has more information.

If you are driving, alcohol affects your coordination and ability to make the right decisions. Grog affects people in different ways and trying to guess your blood alcohol level is difficult. It is best not to drink any alcohol if you plan to drive.

Worried about drinking?

Think about the answers to the following questions.

  • How often are you drinking?
  • Do you ever drink alone?
  • Do you drink at home, at the pub or both?
  • Do you ever drink to the point where you can’t remember what happened?
  • Is anyone in your family a problem drinker?
  • Do you behave differently when you drink?
  • Do you know how your family feels about your drinking?
  • Have you ever spoken to your family about it?
  • Have you ever had to be sorry to your family after drinking?
  • Are you worried about your drinking?

Grog can affect relationships with your family, employer and friends. It can hurt the people you most care about if your alcohol consumption is out of control. Alcohol is a drug and it affects your ability to think clearly and make the right decisions.