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Two cans per man per day ... perhaps

When it comes to alcohol, size does matter. Find the right mix for you.

Alcohol is widely used and enjoyed by many Australians as part of our culture, tradition and celebrations. For some veterans, it was part of their military experience. For most veterans who drink at low-risk levels, alcohol is just part of the mix in a healthy lifestyle that includes good diet and exercise.

However, alcohol can have harmful effects on your health - especially if you drink at risky or high-risk levels. DVA's Alcohol Management Project aims to help veterans and their families work out if they've got the mix right for them.

The Project is working in partnership with ex-service and veteran community organisations. David Morton the Director of the Alcohol Management Project says "We're looking at the best ways to encourage veterans and their families to think about their drinking through a range of health promotion materials and information. We are also working with health providers to ensure the quality and effectiveness of alcohol related programs".

What's the right mix for you?

A healthy mix is a combination of good diet, regular exercise and low-risk drinking. On any one occasion men should have no more than 6 standard drinks and women should have no more than 4 standard drinks. It is also a good idea to have 2 alcohol free days per week.

Risky drinking can cause health and social problems that affect you and your family. Veterans need to take particular care with alcohol if:

  • You have heart disease, high blood pressure or are gaining weight
  • You are on medication or other drugs
  • You have a physical health or social problem made worse by alcohol
  • You experience depression, anxiety or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • You have trouble sleeping
  • You experience aggression or mood swings
  • Your family has a history of alcohol-related problems
  • You are an older person
  • You're going to drive or use machinery

Contact Us for further information on the Alcohol Management Project please contact your local ex-service organisation or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Alcohol Management Project is supported by the Partnership Agreement between the ex-service and veteran community organisations and the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Creating Opportunities to Reduce Alcohol Related Harm
in the Veteran Community

Does size matter? 

Yes. One drink isn't always one drink.




375 ml Full Strength
4.9% Alc/Vol


285 ml Middy Full Strength Beer
4.9% Alc/Vol


285 ml Middy Light Beer
2.7% Alc/Vol


30 ml Spirit Nip
40% Alc/Vol


100 ml Standard Serve of Wine
12% Alc/Vol


180 ml Average Restr'nt
Serve of Wine
12% Alc/Vol