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Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol
The Alcohol Working Committee was established under section 39 of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992, to oversee the revision of the 2009 Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol.
National Health and Medical Research Council confirms new national guidelines for reducing the health risks from drinking alcohol.
This page provides access to the full guidelines and the underlying evidence base. A plain English summary and resources to help you apply the guidelines in daily life are available on alcohol health advice. The guidelines provide health professionals, policy makers and the Australian community with evidence-based advice on the health effects of drinking alcohol. The guidelines aim to help individuals make informed decisions about drinking alcohol. The guidelines are also intended to form the evidence base for policy making and educational materials.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong condition characterised by severe neurodevelopmental impairments (with/without physical impairments) that results from prenatal alcohol exposure.
Drinking alcohol in pregnancy can harm the unborn child and may cause a range of neurodevelopmental disorders including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).1
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is caused by prenatal alcohol exposure and is characterised by severe neurodevelopmental impairment, that may include intellectual disability, behavioural and other developmental problems.1,2 FASD causes a significant burden to individuals, the health care, education, and justice systems and society.1,2
The information described in the disclosure log table below has been released by NHMRC under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and is available for public access.
The National Health and Medical Research Council in collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare are updating the 2010 Guidelines. This version is rescinded. Please see updated guidelines here.
Our rescinded guidelines are stored for historical purposes on the Australian Government Web Archive (AGWA). Below are the links to many of these. This list may not be fully comprehensive but is current at December 2017.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister for Health Greg Hunt of the membership of the Principal Committees of NHMRC for 2021–2024.
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