Information about alcohol

About alcohol

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

Standard drinks

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

Literary mocktails

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


Drugs, alcohol and the workplace

Find information about the impact of drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

Alcohol, pregnancy and breastfeeding

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

Mental health

Find information about drugs and alcohol and mental health.

Reducing risk from alcohol harm

Australian alcohol guidelines

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

Get Healthy information and coaching service

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

Availability of alcohol in the community

Regulate the sale of alcohol near you.

Alcohol and the law in New South Wales

Alcohol and the law

Find information about alcohol and law in New South Wales.

Alcohol, drugs and driving in NSW

Find information about the effects of alcohol, in particular  blood alcohol concentration or B.A.C, on driving.

Binge drinking

Drinking to the point where the more severe negative effects of drinking alcohol occur, especially intentionally, is called binge drinking.

Drink spiking

Find out about drink spiking and risky drinking.


A Quick Guide to Drugs & Alcohol

An easy to read reference book with information on a range of drugs, drug effects, drugs and driving, pregnancy, treatment, statistics, drugs and the law and where to go for help and further information.


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