Australians are considered to consume large quantities of alcohol, with many drinking at harmful levels, including adolescents and young adults.
While research indicates that alcohol consumption is decreasing in some age groups, alcohol-related harm remains a significant social and health issue within Australian society.
Australian Medical Association. (2012). Alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harms – 2012. Retrieved from
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2014). National Drug Strategy Household Survey detailed report 2013.’
Retrieved from http://www.aihw.gov.au/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=60129549848
National health and Medical Research Council. (2015). Alcohol guidelines: Reducing the health risk. Retrieved
World Health Organisation. (2014). Mental health: A state of wellbeing.
Retrieved from http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/mental_health/mental_health_facts/en/
Where do I go for help?
Mental Health Information Line
1300 794 991
Anxiety Disorders Information Line
1300 794 992
Your local doctor (GP)
Translating & Interpreting Service
(TIS) 131 450
Please call the Mental Health Information Line through the Telephone Interpreter Service (TIS). Free to Australian citizens or permanent residents.
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Useful organisations and websites
Alcohol & Drug Information Service
(02) 9361 8000
Alcohol & Drug Information Service Rural Area
1800 422 599
Transcultural Mental Health
(02) 9912 3850
This information is for educational purposes. As neither brochures nor websites can diagnose people it is always important to obtain professional advice and/or help when needed.
This information may be reproduced with an acknowledgement to WayAhead – Mental Health Association.
The Association encourages feedback and welcomes comments about the information provided.