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Information about alcohol

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About alcohol

Alcohol is a drug that acts as a depressant and slows down the brain and nervous system.

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Standard drinks

A 'standard drink' is the measure of alcohol used to work out safe drinking levels.

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Literary mocktails

What do you get when you cross literary favourites with delicious thirst-quenching concoctions? Literary mocktails!


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Alcohol, drugs and driving in NSW

It is against the law to drive under the influence of alcohol or any illicit drug.

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Alcohol and the law

Find information about alcohol and law in New South Wales.

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Alcohol, pregnancy and breastfeeding

Find information about alcohol use and pregnancy, breastfeeding and the health of babies.

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Alcohol, tobacco and young people

Find information about the law relating to alcohol, tobacco and young people.

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Mental health

Find information about drugs and alcohol and mental health.

Reducing risk from alcohol harm

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Australian alcohol guidelines

The Australian Alcohol Guidelines provide information for Australians on reducing risks to health from drinking alcohol.

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Get Healthy information and coaching service

NSW Health runs a free telephone coaching service to help people who want to reduce their alcohol consumption.

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Community action

What are Community Drug Action Teams, why are they important and how can you get involved?

Quick Guide to Drugs and Alcohol

This book is intended for anyone who is interested in finding accurate information about drugs and alcohol.

It is not a medical or scientific book, it is set out in easy to read sections so that you can find the information that you require quickly, and read as much or as little as you like.

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Getting help

Where to find information about support and treatment services in NSW.

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