“It’s worth reminding ourselves of both the health implications and the misinformation surrounding alcohol this festive season so we don’t regret how much we had to
drink,” said Dr Jo
Executive Director for the Centre for Population Health.
There are plenty of well-worn myths surrounding alcohol use. “It takes your liver over an hour to metabolise one standard drink and contrary to popular belief, coffee, cold
exercise or even vomiting won’t
“So you can still be over the limit hours after your last drink, even if you feel okay.
Milk lining the stomach to reduce
effects of alcohol
another myth – it has no effect.
“However eating before and during the time you are having alcohol is advisable, as it
the effects of the alcohol.”
Many drink serving sizes at public venues or premixed bottles are more than one standard drink, so
Blood Alcohol Content
may rise more quickly
than you think.
“Check the label on the drink container for standard drink information or pour your
own drinks so you know how much you have consumed. Test your knowledge on
‘Your Room’ standard drinks
calculator – you may
Alcohol has a lot of ‘empty’ kilojoules so it can easily contribute to weight gain. “One standard glass of red wine contains 456 kilojoules, the equivalent of
minutes’ swimming, while a schooner of beer has 684 kilojoules, taking around 45
minutes walking to burn
Tips to staying safe while partying include alcohol-free days, setting a limit on how many drinks you’ll have
and alternating alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic ones.
You can also contact the NSW Health’s Get Healthy Information and Coaching
Service for support in staying healthy over the festive season and into the New Year at:
The NSW Government’s 2018-19 Budget commits
to alcohol and other drug services including comprehensive education and treatment to address the use
of alcohol and
other drugs through public sector and non-government