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Australia. Department of Health. (2023) Health topics. Alcohol.

External website: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/alcohol

About alcohol - Your starting point for information about alcohol — what it is, how it affects you, how much is safe to drink, standard drinks, Australian alcohol laws and what we’re doing to reduce alcohol-related harm. 

What are the effects of alcohol? Alcohol affects everyone. How it affects you depends on how much you drink, your health, your age and other factors. Drinking too much can lead to harmful short-term and long-term effects. It can affect your physical and mental health, your job, your finances, your family and your community. 

Standard drinks guide - Standard drinks are a way to keep track of how much alcohol you're really drinking. To find out how many standard drinks you're having, check your drink label. You can also use our handy guide, try a standard drinks calculator or ask staff. 

How can you reduce or quit alcohol? - It's a good idea to see your doctor first if you want to quit or stop drinking alcohol. They can help you to manage any withdrawal symptoms you may have. It's also helpful to have an action plan and a support network to help you achieve your goals.

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