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Alcohol is a drug that slows down the brain and nervous system. It is the most widely used drug in Australia. Drinking a small amount is not harmful for most people, but regularly drinking a lot of alcohol can cause health, personal and social problems.

Information in this fact sheet is on alcohol, its effects, tolerance, Australian standard drinks, Guidelines for reducing health risks, binge drinking, BAC, alcohol & driving, alcohol & pregnancy, the law and driving.

File link: Alcohol
File size: 358Kb
Type: Factsheet
Date of Publication: 01 May 2011
Author Branch: Drug & Alcohol Office
SHPN: 110112


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This web page and associated publication are managed and authorised by Drug & Alcohol Office of Mental Health & Drug & Alcohol Office of the NSW Department of Health. Last updated: 2 June, 2011