Alcohol use is embedded in national culture and the majority of Western Australians consume alcohol at some level. Research shows that the greatest number of alcohol-related problems occur in people who often drink moderately, but occasionally drink to harmful levels, which accounts for a large proportion of the general drinking population.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) developed a resource called 'The Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol. Alcoholic beverages are sold and served in many different sizes. Different types of alcoholic-drinks contain different amounts of alcohol, and glass sizes and are often not the same between venues. A standard drink is any drink containing 10 grams of alcohol, regardless of container size or alcohol type (e.g beer, wine, spirit), or approximately:
• One 375ml can or stubbie of mid-strength beer
• 100ml of wine (13.5% alcohol)
• 30ml nip of spirits
• One 250ml can of full strength pre-mix spirits (5% alcohol)
For Australian adults, the NMHRC guidelines advise:
• No more than 2 standard drinks a day (for men and women).
• Avoid binge drinking (drinking more than 4 standard drinks on a single occasion)
• Aim to have at least two alcohol-free days every week.
• No alcohol during pregnancy
With every drink, the risk of accidents and/or injury increase for the person drinking and others around them. Alcohol increases the likelihood of:
• a person being involved in anti-social behaviour
• conflict, that can lead to fights and violence
• injury due to falls, burns, car crashes etc
• unprotected or unwanted sexual encounters
• problems that occur with friends and family.
Alcohol. Think Again
Alcohol. Think Again Campaign aims to decrease alcohol-related harm by reducing short-term and long-term harmful drinking. The campaign is an initiative of the Government of WA's Mental Health Commission. The website contains information on alcohol and health, parents and young people, alcohol and the community, where to get help, recent campaigns and resources for the pubic and health professionals.
The Cancer Council are a non-government organisation that works with our community to reduce the incidence and the impact of cancer. The Cancer Council website provides information on how to reduce your risk of cancer from alcohol, negative effects of alcohol, tobacco and alcohol, and weight gain from alcohol.
Diabetes WA is the peak body and voice of diabetes in Western Australia. The website provides information on preventing Diabetes by limiting alcohol intake and eating for good health.
The Heart Foundation is a charity dedicated to fighting heart disease. The website provides information on decreasing alcohol intake, healthy eating and active living to prevent developing heart disease.
Healthier workplace WA
Healthier Workplace WA is part of the Healthy Workers Initiative, a joint Australian, State and Territory Government initiative under the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health. Healthier Workplace WA offers free services to all workplaces across Western Australia to help them support and encourage their workers to make positive lifestyle changes that benefit everyone. Healthier Workplace WA can provide you with free face to face or phone consultations to help you get started, and implement and evaluate a workplace health and wellbeing program. Free resources are available to help you develop policies, action plans and strategies.
Injury Control Council (ICCWA)
ICCWA is the peak not-for-profit organisation involved in injury prevention and community safety promotion in Western Australia.
LiveLighter is targeted at Australian adults and aims to increase awareness of the link between being overweight and chronic disease, while promoting healthy eating and regular physical activity; increase understanding of the risks associated with poor lifestyle choices; and support the trial, adoption and maintenance of healthy eating, physical activity and healthy weight.
The Mental Health Commission
The Mental Health Commission and the Drug and Alcohol Office amalgamated in 2015, The joined organisation is called the Mental Health Commission. The MHC produces a range of alcohol-related publications and resources, including factsheets, posters and self help guides.
Healthway seeks to promote and support healthy lifestyles to reduce the burden of preventable disease in Western Australia. There are currently grants available for prevention of alcohol and other drug misuse and injury prevention for over/under $5,000. https://www.healthway.wa.gov.au/application-forms/health-promotion-project-grants/
Department of Local Government
The Department of Local Government provides an online grants directory to help communities and local governments in regional and metropolitan Western Australia in locating sources of financial assistance for their projects and initiatives.
Lotterywest is a Western Australian State government authority that provides grants to support a variety of projects and organisations that improve the lives of Western Australians. Every year approximately 1000 not-for-profit groups share in Lotterywest Grants totalling millions of dollars raised from the sale of Lotterywest Games. The Grant types include community events, projects and community buildings.
My Healthy Balance
My Healthy Balance is an innovative and interactive healthy lifestyle program designed by health professionals to help you improve your health.
Standard Drink Tool
Learn how many standard drinks are in common glasses.
Risk Assessment Tool
Assess if your drinking habits are putting you at risk.
Alcohol and Drug Support Line
Phone (08) 9442 5000
The Alcohol and Drug Support Line is a confidential, non-judgmental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s alcohol or drug use.
The service is available 24/7 via phone.
Parent and Family Drug Support Line
Phone (08) 9442 5050
The Parent and Family Drug Support Line is a confidential, non-judgmental telephone counselling, information and referral service for families and carers concerned about a loved one’s alcohol or drug use.
Professional counsellors are available via phone 24/7.
In addition to professional counsellors, the Parent and Family Drug Support Line has a network of trained parent volunteers who have experienced their own child’s alcohol or drug use. Parent volunteers area available via phone between 8:00am and 10:00pm each day.
Alcohol and Drug Information Service
Phone: (08) 9442 5000 or toll-free for country callers 1800 198 024
The Alcohol and Drug Information Service is a one-stop-shop for GPs and other professionals looking for quick access to information about drug and alcohol use, and the types of treatment services available. It also provides:
• care plan support for GPs in rural and remote areas
• debriefing sessions for those working in the drug and alcohol sector and blood born virus sector
• regular mentoring sessions via telephone for those who face drug and alcohol issues in their line of work or volunteering.
55 Central Avenue, Maylands, WA 6051
55 Central is a specialist organisation that operates in the inner metropolitan area and works to break the cycle of homelessness by providing person centred, evidence based services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Core business is supporting the homeless community or those who are risk, however do have the capacity to support people with addictions.
Elizabeth Hansen Autumn Centre
340 Guildford Road, Bayswater
They offer support and partner with Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service which delivers health and wellbeing programs, including alcohol management.
Local Drug Action Groups
7 Field Street, Mount Lawley, WA 6050
Local Drug Action Groups (LDAGs) were established in 1996 as part of a government initiative predicated on the belief that an important part of an overall response to addressing alcohol and other drug issues was to work from within the community. Local Drug Action Groups Incorporated (LDAG Inc.) works in partnership with the Government of Western Australia. LDAG Inc. is a not for profit organisation which is directed by a board of management consisting of ten representatives from both regional and metropolitan-based LDAGs. LDAGs provide an opportunity for people to actively participate in their local community.
Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service Inc.
211 Royal Street, East Perth, WA 6004
Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Services (AADS) provide a holistic counselling service to clients dealing with drug and alcohol problems.
North East Metro Community Alcohol and Drug Service
4 Stafford Street, Midland, WA 6056
The integrated North East Metro Community Alcohol and Drug Service (NEMCADS) is a partnership between Holyoake and Next Step Alcohol and Drug Services. The service provides individuals and families with access to comprehensive range of alcohol and drug services from one location. Holyoake provides counselling and support for individuals and their families. Next Step provides medical and psychological services.
North Metro Community Alcohol and Drug Service
The integrated North Metro Community Alcohol and Drug Service is a partnership between Cyrenian House and Next Step.
The service provides individuals and their families with improved access to a comprehensive range of alcohol and other drug services from one location.
Cyrenian House is a not-for-profit non-government organisation that has been operating within the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector since 1981. It is one of the leading AOD treatment services in WA providing counselling and support for individuals and their families
DAWN (Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network)
DAWN (Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network) is a free and confidential service for adults who want to reduce or cease alcohol or substance use in their home environment. If you have a medical or mental health condition it does not exclude you from the service.
Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA)
WANADA is the peak body for the alcohol and other drug education, prevention, treatment and support sector in Western Australia. WANADA provides capacity building opportunities, resources and publications, as well as a service directory known as the Green Book.
The Green Book contains a list of organisations providing Alcohol and Other Drug services and mental health services to the WA community, run by WANADA and the Western Australian Association for Mental Health.
Know Injury enhance the capacity of practitioners and organisations to deliver evidence informed activities. There are three elements of focus: Know, Learn, Connect.
Knowing injury topics
Learning how to adopt a public health approach to deliver injury prevention activities
Connecting with others in the injury prevention sector
The Know Injury team knowledge and skills as well as networking and partnership opportunities, enabling practitioners to deliver evidence informed injury prevention activities.
Know Injury is coordinated by the Injury Control Council of WA and our principal supporter is the Department of Health WA. Other key partners and supporters include: Collaboration for Evidence, Research, and Impact in Public Health, Curtin University and Australian Safe Communities Foundation.
Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH)
The WAAMH is the peak body of the community managed health sector in Western Australia, with more than 100 organisational and individual members. WAAMH provides a network of services that support people affected by mental illness and their families, to help them live laued lives in their community.
RUAH (service providers) resource directory
RUAH Community Services has produced a resource directory to support Aboriginal people‘s access to services that exist in the Perth community. The directory includes drug and alcohol specific services.