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Alcohol - an overview

Alcohol is a legal but mood-changing drug. Read more about alcohol’s effects on the body, about safe drinking, ‘standard drinks’ and more.

If you drink a lot of alcohol, you might become dependent on it

Alcoholism at home

Signs of alcoholism can include secretive drinking, and blacking out after drinking. Drinking too much can impact mental health and relationships.

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Binge drinking

Alcohol is so much an accepted part of Australia's social culture that many people are not aware of the dangers of binge drinking.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a name given to a range of conditions that occur in children born to mothers who drank alcohol at some time during their pregnancy.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a name given to a range of conditions. Learn more about FASD and the risks with drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

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How alcohol affects your health

Many of us drink alcohol to relax, but drinking too much can affect your health. Learn more here about the effects of alcohol on your body.

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Managing your alcohol intake

Know how to drink safely and responsibly using these strategies and tips, as well as links to online tools to help you manage your drinking.

Alcohol may prevent medicines from working properly.

Medicines and alcohol

Alcohol can interact with some medication, including over the counter medicines. Learn more about possible complications of medicines and alcohol.

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Top 7 tips for safe drinking

Drinking can be fun, let’s be honest. But too much can lead to accidents, embarrassment and health problems. Follow this advice to drink safely.

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Every alcoholic drink increases your risk of cancer - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Recently there has been an explosion of research on the link between alcohol and cancer.We now have strong and consistent evidence that alcohol is a carcinogen.

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How alcohol works | Alcohol | ReachOut Australia

Do you know that drinking too much alcohol effects brain & body behaviour. Know about alcohol facts and why its addiction is bad for your overall health.

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Alcohol addiction | ReachOut Australia

Alcohol addiction or alcoholism refers to the physical or emotional dependence on alcohol. Find out the signs of alcohol addiction, the effects and treatment here.

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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) | Raising Children Network

Drinking alcohol in pregnancy can cause birth defects and long-term health problems for babies and children. This is fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

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Alcohol-use disorders | At Ease

Alcohol use is so common in Australia that alcohol misuse is often the subject of jokes. This masks the seriousness of the problem. Slight changes to alcohol use can significantly improve your health and wellbeing.

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Your Room | NSW Health and the Alcohol And Drug Information Service

A joint initiative by NSW Health and St Vincent's Alcohol and Drug Information Service to get facts about alcohol and other drugs.

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Alcohol :: SA Health

An introduction to the section on alcohol including information for people with alcohol problems, community members and health professionals

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) describes a range of physical, cognitive, developmental and emotional deficits attributable to alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

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Surviving o-week - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

If youre getting set to hit uni for the first time, read on for some tips on surviving O-Week. While this time of year signals a new start, many social events during the week also encourage binge drinking.

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Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

There is a clear causal link between heavy consumption of alcohol and FASD. However, the link between low-level alcohol exposure and the risk of harm to children developing in the womb is yet to be properly understood. This uncertainty has led to mixed messages and some confusion.

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