Excessive alcohol consumption is one of the biggest health issues facing Australia. As many as 1 in 5 Australians are considered to drink an unsafe amount of alcohol.

How much is too much?

The official Australian guidelines for alcohol consumption are as folows:

  1. Drink no more than two standard drinks per day
  2. Drink no more than four standard drinks on any occasion
  3. Young people should delay their drinking initiation as long as possible
  4. For pregnant and breast feeding-women, not drinking at all is the safest option.
  5. Aim for at least two alcohol free days per week. 
What is a standard drink?

What harm does drinking cause?

Drinking can effect just about every part of your body and every aspect of your health. Some of the major risks of drinking include:

  • Injury, assault, accidental death and suicide
  • Liver disease
  • Brain disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Pancreatitis
  • Fertility problems
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
Do you have a problem with your drinking?

One of the more frequently used questionnaires to test for alcohol addiction is the C.A.G.E questionairre, which you may be familiar with. If your answer is yes to any of the following questions, it may be that you have a problem with drinking.

  • C
    • Have you ever felt like you ought to CUT DOWN your drinking
  • A
    • Have you ever been ANGERED by somebody asking you about your drinking
  • G
    • Have you ever felt GUILTY about your drinking habits
  • E
    • Have you ever had a drink of alcohol in the morning as an "EYE OPENER"
What help can I get?

If you are thinking about quitting or reducing your alcohol intake, it is best to talk with your GP about the issue first. Your GP can help you with techniques and tools that aid in the process of giving up alcohol. If you have been a lifelong heavy drinker, quitting alcohol cold turkey can be dangerous, so it is best done with advice from your GP. You may need to take medications for a short time as you transition away from alcohol.

For more information visit:

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Qld   4314


Tel: 4163 0023

(All Hours)

Fax: 4163 0024


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Sat - closed

Sun - closed



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Address: 91 Coulson Street, Blackbutt, Qld, 4314

Phone: (07) 4163 0023

Fax:      (07) 41630024

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