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What men need to know

Alcohol

Our way of being healthy is by making good choices, and to care for our family, community and culture.

Alcohol and other drugs can tangle and weaken our spirit and mind.
This can affect our emotional, social, spiritual and physical well being.
This can weaken our connection to family, community, culture and country.

When we use alcohol and other drugs in harmful ways our spirit becomes weaker and our thinking gets tangled. But if we stop or reduce our use, our spirit can grow strong and our thinking becomes clear again.

Diagram of the Male body organs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brain
Brain damage, stroke, memory loss, blackouts, hallucinations, fits, confusion, dementia, mental health problems, depression, anxiety and mood swings
Nervous System
Tingling, numbness and loss of feeling
Heart
Irregular pulse, high blood pressure, becomes enlarged
Liver
Damaged and swollen, cirrhosis, hepatitis, cancer
Reproduction
Impotence and damaged sperm, risk of sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses from unsafe sex
Colon & Rectum
Cancer
Throat
Chronic coughing and cancer
Lungs
Reduced resistance to infection, coughs, colds, risk of pneumonia and tuberculosis
Muscles
Weak, loose muscle tissue
Stomach
Ulcers, inflammation, vomiting and diarrhoea
Kidneys
Reduced function and increased infections
Pancreas
Pancreatitis
Intestines
Ulcers
Parenting
daddy kids
Food and water

Parent Social and Emotional Wellbeing

As a new parent, you may notice differences in your life once baby arrives.
Along with excitement and joy, you may be feeling tired, and overwhelmed.
Many parents go through a lot of different emotions, especially after the baby is born. It is a time of adjustment for you and your baby.
Family and friends can support you to give your baby a strong spirit and strong future.
It is useful to yarn with grandparents, mums, aunties, cousins and friends about ways to keep babies strong and healthy.

DADS

It's not just up to mums...

Dads are important too and can make healthy choices to reduce their alcohol, tobacco and other drug use to support their partners and families.

Dads can offer support by:

  • If your partner is breastfeeding, not drinking alcohol, using drugs or smoking tobacco is the safest choice for growing a strong baby and providing a safe and supportive environment.
  • going with their partners to antenatal classes
  • eating healthy and exercising with their partner
  • helping to look after kids by taking kids hunting, fishing, or down to the park.

Have a yarn with your health worker if you are worried or would like to know more about the risks of alcohol, tobacco or other drug use during these times.

Support Systems
For more information

If you are thinking about reducing your alcohol use you might like some help or information.

If you are worried about somebody and how their alcohol use is affecting you and your family, perhaps you would like some help.

It may not be easy reducing your alcohol use but your friends, family and other people in your community can support you to make changes.

If you would like further information, please head to our services and support page.