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Alcohol is a social drug that affects people in different ways. Heavy drinkers and binge drinkers risk serious alcohol-related harm. For many adults, a drink after work, or with family and friends, is just part of socialising and relaxing. For others, one drink is never enough.

A standard drink = 10g of alcohol. This is how much alcohol is typically found in:

  • a 330ml can of beer
  • 100 ml of wine
  • 30ml straight spirits.

What a standard drink

Symptoms of problem drinking

Drinking too much in one session (binge drinking) or drinking too much over time (alcohol misuse) can both lead to long-term health problems.

People who have alcoholism or alcohol abuse often:

  • continue to drink, even when health, work, or family are being harmed.
  • drink alone.
  • become violent when drinking.
  • are not able to control drinking - being unable to stop or reduce alcohol intake.
  • make excuses to drink.
  • need to use alcohol on most days to get through the day.
  • try to hide alcohol use.

More information about Alcohol

Alcohol intake guidelines

The following guidelines can help you determine if your alcohol intake is harmful.

Pregnancy and alcohol

If you could be pregnant, are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant stop drinking alcohol.