Revision of the Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol


The Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol were released in 2020 by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Based on the latest evidence, the guidelines provide advice on how to keep the risk of harm from alcohol low. They refer to an Australian standard drink (10 g ethanol).

The revision of the guidelines followed standard NHMRC processes, which are similar to the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) II criteria.


Learning Outcomes

  • Explain key components of the guideline.
  • List main recommendations.
  • Recognise changes in management as a result of the guideline.

Authors: Katherine M Conigrave, Robert L Ali, Rebecca Armstrong, Tanya N Chikritzhs, Peter d’Abbs, Mark F Harris, Nicole Hewlett, Michael Livingston, Dan I Lubman, Anne McKenzie, Colleen O’Leary, Alison Ritter, Scott Wilson, Melanie Grimmond and Emily Banks

Article Type: Guideline summary


Medical Journal of Australia
Reading: journal; textbook; book; literature review
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MBA: 1h : 0m
Substance-related Disorders
Medical Practitioner, Medical Student, Doctor-in-Training, Health Administrator, Non-Vocationally Registered, Nurse / Midwife, Researcher, Retired, Specialist - Other, Specialist General Practitioner
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