Alcohol continues to be one of the major causes of preventable disease in Australia. Drinking alcohol is associated with a risk of developing health problems such as mental and behavioural disorders, liver cirrhosis, some cancers and cardiovascular diseases. In 2019, 32.8% of NSW adults consumed alcohol at levels that place their long-term health at risk.
The impact of others drinking includes harmful affects to unborn babies, alcohol induced violence (including domestic violence), falls and road accidents.
See the Reducing alcohol-related harm snapshot under Reports and Strategies below for more information.