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Australia Releases Revised Guidelines for Reducing Alcohol- Associated Health Risks

Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council has released a revised edition of Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol, which aims to establish the evidence base for future policy and patient education regarding alcohol-associated health risks. Changes from the last edition, published in 2001, include:

  • introducing the concept of progressively increasing risk of harm with the amount of alcohol consumed rather than specifying “risky” and “high-risk” levels of drinking;
  • detailed separate guidelines for adults, children, teens, and pregnant or breastfeeding women;
  • looking beyond immediate risk of injury and cumulative risk of chronic disease to estimating overall risk of alcohol-related harm over a lifetime; and
  • providing updated advice for patients on lowering their risk of harm.

The publication is available for download at


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