In 2013 those who identified as using high levels of alcohol reported they were also feeling high levels of psychological distress, which can be an indicator that alcohol misuse often occurs as a means to alleviate our emotional and psychological distress (AIHW 2013).
Even very small amounts of alcohol can affect our concentration, judgment and performance. This may be important where a high degree of skill is needed, or if the safety of others is involved.
For more information go to the Australian Drug Foundation alcohol fact sheet.
It is advised that adult men and women should not exceed two standard drinks of alcohol per day, as this reduces the risk of alcohol related harm to our health. Drinking four standard drinks of alcohol on a single occasion more than doubles the risk of an injury in the six hours afterwards, and this risk rises even more rapidly when more than four alcoholic drinks are consumed on a single occasion (NHMRC 2009).