Reducing the amount of alcohol you drink can have a positive impact on your health. Limiting your alcohol intake can help you maintain a healthy weight, improve your sleep and reduce your risk of chronic disease.  Even in small amounts, drinking alcohol can be harmful to your health. To reduce your risk of long-term harm, you can restrict your alcohol to no more than two standard drinks per day.

Mental and physical health

Drinking alcohol can affect your mental and physical health. Although drinking may feel relaxing, it can lead to anxiety and disrupted sleep, which can make it harder for you to deal with stress. Drinking can cause depression, poor memory and even brain damage.

Make time for activities without alcohol like connecting with friends and family, going for a walk outside, reading or doing something creative. Physical activity has been shown to have positive effects on mental health – check out our tips for staying mentally healthy.

Alcohol and young people

Children and young people under the age of 18 should not consume alcohol and are the largest group at risk of physical and mental harm from drinking. For more guidance about young people and alcohol visit Your Room

Pregnant or breastfeeding

For people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, alcohol can harm the developing foetus and baby. Not drinking is the safest option. If you would like support during and after your pregnancy, you can visit Get Healthy in Pregnancy, a free health coaching service for all pregnant women in NSW aged 16 and over.

Getting help to drink less

Think about the impact alcohol may be having on your daily life. Is drinking alcohol affecting your work, hobbies or social interactions? If drinking alcohol feels more important than other parts of your life, you may be drinking at a risky level.

If you are drinking large amounts of alcohol frequently, are experiencing headaches, anxiety and vomiting after drinking, or if the people around you are commenting on your drinking behaviour, it may be time to seek help. You can assess if your drinking habits are putting you at risk using the Your Room Alcohol Risk Assessment.

You can call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on 1800 250 015 to speak to someone at any time. For access to a free coaching service  to help you reduce how much you drink, contact the Get Healthy Service available Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm. Enrol online or simply call 1300 806 258.