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Make it a mocktail

In this time of unprecedented concern about our collective health and livelihoods, it is more important than ever to remain socially connected and physically healthy.

It may feel normal to drink more alcohol than usual in response to the stressors associated with COVID-19, but while alcohol can temporarily make you feel relaxed or good, drinking a lot in a short time, or a lot of alcohol regularly over time, is likely to cause problems for your physical, emotional and social health.

Hoarding and using alcohol as an emotional crutch will not help you through this difficult time. Knowing how to make your own fun and look after yourself will!

Iso mocktails

Feeling like you are drinking more than usual? Why not make it a mocktail, with some delicious new creations made specifically for this age of social distancing and isolation.

A song of iso and fire

A spicy, alcohol-free version of a classic cocktail, made with tomato juice and plenty of heat.

The sour of one

Stay cool with this refreshing combination of lemon and ginger.

Brave new swirled

A fun, fruity mocktail prepared with pineapple, mango, orange juice and raspberry. 

Reducing consumption

Unsure if you're drinking too much? Use the online confidential risk assessment tool from NSW Health to determine if your drinking is putting your physical and mental health at risk.

To track and reduce your alcohol use, download the NSW Health Drinks Meter app. Drinks Meter is a free app that provides confidential and personalised feedback based on advice from doctors and the Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol. The app allows you to track your alcohol intake, monitor the calories you are drinking, see how much you're spending and set weekly goals to reduce consumption and stay healthy.

Drinks Meter

Drinks Meter is a user-friendly phone app that gives you feedback about your alcohol use. 

Literary mocktails

What do you get when you cross literary favourites with delicious thirst-quenching concoctions? Literary mocktails!

 

Standard drinks

A 'standard drink' is the measure of alcohol used to work out safe drinking levels.

Australian alcohol guidelines

The Australian Alcohol Guidelines provide information for Australians on reducing risks to health from drinking alcohol.

Advice and support

Managing social isolation during COVID-19

Alcohol, drugs and your health during COVID-19 (coronavirus) 

Mental health

Find information about drugs and alcohol and mental health.

Get Healthy information and coaching service

NSW Health runs a free telephone coaching service to help people who want to reduce their alcohol consumption.

Getting help

Links to services and agencies who can assist people needing treatment, information, advice, referral and support. 

For more information

About alcohol

Alcohol is a drug that acts as a depressant and slows down the brain and nervous system.

Binge drinking

Drinking to the point where the more severe negative effects of drinking alcohol occur, especially intentionally, is called binge drinking.

Alcohol and the law

Find information about alcohol and law in New South Wales.

A Quick Guide to Drugs & Alcohol

An easy to read reference book with information on a range of drugs, drug effects, drugs and driving, pregnancy, treatment, statistics, drugs and the law and where to go for help and further information.

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