Alcohol Guidelines to Reduce
the Lifetime Health Risks
from Drinking Alcohol -

Guideline 1.

Guideline 1: Reducing the
risk of alcohol related
harm over a lifetime

For both men and women, the lifetime risk of death from alcohol-related disease or injury remains below 1 in 100 if no more than two standard drinks are consumed on each drinking occasion, even if the drinking is daily.

Guideline 2

Guideline 2: Reducing the
risk of injury on a single
occasion of drinking

On a single occasion of drinking, the risk of alcohol-related injury increases with the amount consumed.

For healthy men and women, drinking no more than four standard drinks on any single occasion reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion.

Guideline 3

Guideline 3: Children and
young people under 18
years of age

Drinkers under the age of 15 years are much more likely than older drinkers to undertake risky or antisocial behaviour connected with their drinking.

Parents and carers should be advised that children under 15 years of age are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking and that for this age group, not drinking alcohol is especially important.

For young people aged 15-17 years, the safest option is to delay the initiation of drinking for as long as possible.

Guideline 4

Guideline 4: Pregnancy and
breastfeeding

The lifetime risk of harm from drinking alcohol increases with the amount consumed.

For healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol related disease or injury.