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Long term risk from alcohol consumption across generations


Alcohol guidelines for women who are neither pregnant nor breastfeeding have remained relatively consistent between the 1990s and 2010. The recommendations are to drink no more than 2 drinks a day to minimise long term harm, and no more than 4 drinks on a single occasion to decrease the risk of injury and other short-term harm. We investigated whether women across the three cohorts of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health followed the recommendations and whether adherence to the guidelines changed with age. A report has been written for the Department of Health and Ageing and a paper is in progress.