What do the new alcohol guidelines mean?

How much alcohol is safe to drink?

Exercise Physiologist, Wellness Coach and Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner, Bell Silverthorne talks about the new Australian guidelines for drinking alcohol.

In the wrap up of 2020, in case you missed it, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have released a revised version of the Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol.


In a nutshell the recommendations are;

  • Regardless of whether you are male or female, you should drink no more than 10 standard drinks per week. And no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day to reduce your harm from alcohol.
  • Any one under 18 should not drink alcohol.
  • For women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, no alcohol is the safest option.


There are many ways alcohol influences our health, beyond sustaining drunken injuries! You may be surprised to learn that drinking alcohol increases the risk of many cancers, such as bowel and breast cancer. Alcohol can also cause high blood pressure and worsen mental health. The take home message is, the less you drink, the lower your risk of harm from alcohol.


It helps to brush up on what a standard drink is. While you may have only have a few glasses of your favourite drink, the standard drink can add up more quickly than you realise. Not only that, but having a few drinks can wreak havoc on the daily energy amount your consuming – before you know it that extra glass here or there is the equivalent to your dinner or more!


If cutting back on alcohol is something you’ve earmarked for 2021, these new guidelines can be good goal to keep in mind. Cheers to that!


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Bell Silverthorne is an exercise physiologist, wellness coach and lifestyle medicine practitioner with a passion for every day Australians to be that little bit healthier. Whether it’s sleeping better, exercising more, eating more fruit and veggies each day or doing your best to maintain a good headspace. Bell is a massive advocate of lifestyle medicine – harnessing your everyday lifestyle habits to help prevent, manage or even reverse chronic disease.