Should you be driving?

Aussie drink-driving laws have similar penalties, but our BAC level is still at .05. This will be moved to .02 in the coming years.
Be safe for you, your family and the person you may injure because, you thought you were ‘ok to drive!’



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State of Play on Alcohol In Victoria: F.A.R.E

Alcohol harms
The analysis found that alcohol harms in Victoria are significant. The most recent available data indicates that over a one year period there were:

  • 21,460 treatment episodes where alcohol was the principal drug of concern (2012-13);
  • 8,349 ambulance attendances in metropolitan Melbourne where alcohol was identified as a contributing factor (2011);
  • 29,694 alcohol-related hospital admissions (2010-11);
  • 6,768 alcohol-related assaults (2010-11);
  • 14,015 family incidents involving alcohol (2012-13);
  • 1,932 serious or fatal road injuries during high alcohol hours (2010-11); and
  • 1,214 alcohol-attributable deaths in Victoria, which accounted for 3.4 per cent of all Victorian deaths in that year (2010).


According to the AMA National Summit on Alcohol 2014,

  • On average, alcohol causes 15 deaths and hospitalises 430 Australians every day.
  • The number of Australians killed or hospitalised because of alcohol consumption has increased in the last decade.
  • One in five Australians consumes alcohol at levels that puts them at risk of lifetime harm from injury or disease.
  • Alcohol has been causally linked to at least 60 different medical conditions. Longer-term health problems associated with risky alcohol use include liver damage, heart damage, and increased risk of some cancers.
  • Alcohol is a greater factor than speed, fatigue, weather, or road conditions in fatal road crashes in Australia, and is responsible for more than a third of road deaths. Every year, alcohol consumption is responsible for over 11,000 hospitalisations among young people aged 15-24 years. Each week, approximately one death and 65 hospitalisations among the under-aged (14-17 years) are attributed to alcohol.