New federal government alcohol guidelines recommend having no more than four standard drinks on any one day.
The guidelines, released for public consultation by the National Health and Medical Research Council, also recommend drinking no more than 10 standard drinks in a week.
Council chief executive Professor Anne Kelso says the guidelines reduce the health risks of alcohol consumption.
“”We’re not telling Australians how much to drink,” she said on Monday.
“We’re providing advice about the health risks from drinking alcohol so that we can all make informed decisions in our daily lives.
“This advice has been developed over the past three years using the best health evidence available.”
The guidelines recommend those younger than 18 don’t drink at all, and that women who are pregnant or planning to have a baby avoid alcohol.
“The less you choose to drink, the lower your risk of alcohol-related harm. For some people not drinking at all is the safest option,” Prof Kelso said.
The government’s chief medical officer Professor Brendan Murphy says the 2019 guidelines could save thousands of lives.
“They will help me and every chief medical officer in the states and territories to provide clear messages about the risks of drinking alcohol, to ensure the health of all Australians,” he said.
“If all Australians follow these guidelines we won’t stop every alcohol-related death, but we will save thousands of lives, especially younger lives.”
Australian Associated Press