Alcohol tips during the festive season

Posted 22 December, 2020
Other News
Help fight viral hepatitis: Call for stories
< 1 min read
Posted 19 January, 2021

Read Article
Five common liver cancer myths
< 1 min read
Posted 12 January, 2021

In honour of World Cancer Day on the 4th of February, Hepatitis Queensland is busting…

Read Article
#OctoberIs4Livers - Liver Cancer Awareness Month
< 1 min read
Posted 1 October, 2020

#OctoberIs4Livers is a global campaign to raise awareness of liver cancer and Hepatitis Queensland is…

Read Article

The holiday season usually means getting together with family and friends to celebrate and be merry. If you have a liver condition, such as hepatitis B or hepatitis C, these opportunities to drink alcohol can put your health at risk.

If I have hepatitis, how much can I drink?

If you have hepatitis B or C, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to cut out drinking or cut down as much as you can. Alcohol can increase damage to your liver and well as increase the amount of virus in your body.

If cutting out drinking is not an option, we’ve pulled together some tips on how to limit your alcohol intake.

Top tips to manage how much you drink

  • Avoid binge-drinking – it places a heavy strain on your liver
  • Start with a non-alcoholic drink, especially if you’re thirsty
  • Try not to drink rounds – set your own drinking pace
  • Eat a substantial meal before drinking
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic ones
  • Try new social situations where drinking is not usually expected
  • Switch to low-alcohol drinks
  • Have several alcohol-free days per week

Signs you may need to cut down

  • tiredness
  • liver, abdominal or stomach pains
  • difficulty managing the amount you drink
  • withdrawal symptoms (tremors or anxiety)
  • increased stress levels or disrupted sleep
  • relationship or sexual difficulties
  • increase aggression or violent
  • decreased judgement and performance.

Getting help

If you’re having a hard time reducing how much alcohol you drink you can connect with the following supports:

  • Talk to your doctor
  • Call 13 HEALTH (13 432 584) for a confidential phone service that provides health advice to Queenslanders, 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Visit for general information and support about alcohol
  • Call Lifeline on 13 11 14

Latest News
View Resource
View Resource
View Resource

This website may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed on.