The Vice of Life – Drugs and Alcohol
In 2013, 15% of Australians used an illicit drug (including using a pharmaceutical drug for non-medical purposes) in the previous 12 months.

Make an informed decision
When deciding to take drugs, know the facts about the drug you choose and understand the risks. Drugs can appear initially to have positive effects – lifting your mood, relaxing you or even giving you more energy. However, they can also have negative impacts on your mental and physical health, your relationships and your life in general. Some, such as ice (or methamphetamine), are highly addictive.

Stay safe
Don’t drive if you have been using alcohol or other drugs and remember that even if you feel OK to drive, you are still likely to be affected and unsafe on the roads.

The only way to test negative on a drug test – other than not taking drugs – is to make sure your body has eliminated all of the drugs. This takes at least 24 to 48 hours and even if you are not drunk or stoned anymore combinations including alcohol may take even longer to be eliminated.

Alcohol and other drugs can continue to affect you the next day including fatigue, hangovers and ‘coming down’ which affects your ability to drive.

More information and help
Australian Drug Foundation 1300 858 584

Alcohol and you – how much you drink is your choice
New national guidelines for alcohol consumption have been developed based on current and best available scientific research and evidence.

A standard drink contains 10 grams of pure alcohol.

Alcohol can affect your liver or cause brain damage, heart disease, high blood pressure and increase the risk of many cancers.

What is the recommended amount?

  • Drink no more than two standard drinks on any day, in order to reduce your risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury over your lifetime
  • Drink no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion, in order to reduce the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion

Tips to reduce risks to your health when drinking:

  • Set limits for yourself and stick to them
  • Start with non-alcoholic drinks and alternate with alcoholic drinks
  • Drink slowly
  • Try drinks with a lower alcohol content
  • Eat before or while you are drinking
  • If you participate in rounds of drinks include some non-alcoholic ones

More information