Drinking less can improve your mood and energy levels.
Alcohol has a negative effect on our physical and mental health.
This is because:
There are many healthy ways to ease stress and anxiety.
To protect your immune system one of the best and easiest things you can do is to avoid risky drinking.
A strong immune system helps to protect against infection. Alcohol affects the innate immune system, making infections more likely, and the adaptive immune system which limits our ability to develop immunity.
Alcohol, even in small quantities, can affect your quality of sleep.
If you do drink alcohol, have no more than four standard drinks on any one day – and no more than ten total in a week.
Here are some ideas for getting a good night’s sleep.
Drinking alcohol at risky levels can result in a range of short-term harm.
Intoxication can cause an adverse hangover and ‘hangxiety‘ consequences.
Injuries when intoxicated can be serious, resulting in head injury, broken bones and soft tissue injuries, and can place extra pressure on an already stretched health system.
Several serious chronic diseases are caused by consuming alcohol over the long term.
Alcohol increases your risk of developing eight types of cancer.
Consumption of alcohol can also lead to:
Giving your baby the best start in life includes not drinking alcohol.
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy, even in small amounts, can harm your baby and may have lifelong effects. Australia’s drinking guidelines state that women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy should not drink alcohol .
If you have consumed alcohol while pregnant and are concerned, or are having trouble stopping drinking, you should talk to your doctor, midwife or obstetrician. For advice and support you can also call the NOFASD Helpline: 1800 860 613
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