Alcohol is a risk factor for many chronic diseases and increases risk of other injuries.
Australia's Health 2020 shows that fewer people are drinking alcohol than 20 years ago. However, there are still significant risks in alcohol misuse.
Alcohol contributes to chronic disease burden through:
40% of liver cancer burden
10% of breast cancer burden
5% of stroke burden
3% of coronary heart disease burden.
Australian guidelines recommend limiting alcohol consumption for long-term and immediate health benefits. The new NHMRC guidelines recommend:
To reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury for healthy men and women, drink no more than 10 standard drinks per week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day.
The less you choose to drink, the lower your risk of alcohol-related harm. For some people not drinking at all is the safest option.
We advocate to reduce harms from alcohol, including through education, improved labelling, restrictions on marketing and limiting availability.
ACDPA strongly supports recent changes to include pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic drinks to reduce the long-term harms from alcohol consumption during pregnancy.